In this era of whole-genome science, we are discovering macromolecules far more rapidly than we can determine their function. Researchers in our department are developing chemical tools to study macromolecular function and cell biology. In the context of large protein or RNA molecules with tens to hundreds of thousands of atoms, it is now possible to change single atoms, rendering macromolecular science part of the realm of organic and physical organic chemistry.
In addition, we develop synthetic compounds to inhibit cellular processes and deliver therapeutics to specific targets. Thus students have the unique opportunity to bring physical and chemical methods to bear on the molecules of life, enabling them to probe the molecular basis of cellular function at an unprecedented level of depth.
Crosson, Sean - Associate ProfessorDeciphering the Structure, Function, and Topology of Microbial Signaling Systems
Greene, Geoffrey - ProfessorSteroid hormone regulation of gene networks in reproductive tissues and cancers. Structure and function of nuclear receptors.
Keenan, Robert - Associate ProfessorStructural biology and directed evolution.
Kent, Stephen - ProfessorChemical protein synthesis. Application of chemistry to the study of proteins. Mechanism of enzyme catalysis.
Kossiakoff, Anthony - ProfessorStructure and function of hormone-receptor interactions, enzyme-inhibitor interfaces, and synthetic proteins.
Kovar, David - Assistant ProfessorBiochemical mechanisms of actin filament organization.
Makinen, Marvin - ProfessorElectron magnetic resonance; enzyme mechanisms; metalloenzymes; molecular dynamics; structural basis of enzyme action.
Meredith, Stephen - ProfessorProtein aggregation and amyloid fibril structure; peptide synthesis; lipoprotein structure.
Pan, Tao - ProfessorRNA functional genomics, RNA epigenetics, RNA folding
Perozo, Eduardo - ProfessorStructure and Dynamics of Ion Channels and transporters
Piccirilli, Joseph - ProfessorNon-Coding RNA structure, function, and mechanism; RNA metabolism, engineering antibodies that bind RNA, imaging technology for RNA and cancer
Rock, Ronald - Associate ProfessorMolecular motors; cytoskeletal organization; single-molecule biophysics
Roux, Benoit - ProfessorTheoretical and computational studies of the structure, dynamics and function of biological macromolecular systems.
Ruthenburg, Alexander - Assistant ProfessorChromatin Biochemistry, Biophysics and Chemical Biology