We study how biomolecules operate and interact to drive the complex and diverse behaviors of living systems.
The questions that we ask are broad and multifaceted, and as a result, our trainees are well equipped for future academic and industrial careers in biochemistry and biophysics. Our research encompasses all areas of modern biochemistry, including structural biology, biophysics, and biomolecular engineering and design. Our Department is distinguished by its intellectual rigor and collaborative style. Interdisciplinary interactions are further facilitated by our presence in the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences, which brings together a large and diverse group of biological and physical scientists to pursue common research goals.
Demet Arac-Ozkan: Our primary research goals are directed towards understanding the mechanism by which adhesion-type G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) function in the brain, and deciphering the role of the newly discovered GAIN domain in their function using a combination of biophysical, biochemical and cell biological approaches.
Engin Ozkan: Our laboratory is interested in the function and biochemistry of the network of proteins that are required for the development and function of such complex structures.
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