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Biological Chemistry Faculty

  • Core Faculty
  • Cluster Affiliated Faculty
  • Research Professors
  • Instructional Faculty
  • Emeritus Faculty
  • Core Faculty

    These faculty have primary appointments in the Chemistry Department.


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    Bren, Kara L.

    • Professor of Chemistry

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    Interests: Bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry

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    Fasan, Rudi

    • Professor of Chemistry

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    Interests: Bioorganic chemistry, biocatalysis, chemical biology; macrocyclic peptide inhibitors of protein-protein interactions; metalloenzyme design and engineering; chemoenzymatic synthesis

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    Franco, Ignacio

    • Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics

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    Interests: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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    McCamant, David W.

    • Associate Professor of Chemistry

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    Interests: Ultrafast spectroscopy of molecular dynamics in photochemistry; mechanisms of vibrational relaxation

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    Nilsson, Bradley L.

    • Associate Professor of Chemistry

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    Interests: Peptide self-assembly; amyloid peptides; amyloid-inspired materials; bioorganic chemistry; supramolecular chemistry

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    Turner, Douglas H.

    • Professor of Chemistry

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    Interests: Biophysical chemistry: nucleic acid structure and function, RNA folding, therapeutics, and prediction of structure from sequence

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    Cluster Affiliated Faculty

    Faculty in the Clusters have primary appointments in other departments but can mentor Chemistry graduate students.


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    Ermolenko, Dmitri

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

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    Interests: Mechanisms of protein synthesis; Single–molecule microscopy; Mechanics of molecular motors

    Sina Ghaemmaghami

    Ghaemmaghami, Sina

    • Associate Professor

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    Interests: Protein folding and degradation; Neurodegenerative diseases and aging; Prion biology; Proteomics

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    Grossfield, Alan M.

    • Associate Professor Biochemistry and Biophysics

    Interests: Investigating membranes and membrane proteins via computer simulation

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    Kielkopf, Clara L.

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

    Interests: Splicing defects in hematologic malignancies; roles of human pre-mRNA splicing factors in HIV-1 infectivity; development of engineered splicing factors for correction of splicing defects; splice sites and their associated proteins as therapeutic targets

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    Mathews, David H.

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
      Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology

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    Interests: Computational biology of RNA, including structure prediction, molecular dynamics, and genomics

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    Miller, Benjamin L.

    • Professor of Dermatology
      Professor of Biomedical Engineering
      Professor of the Institute for Optics

    Interests: Developing new strategies for the sequence-selective recognition of RNA, and using the optical properties of nanostructured materials for the production of novel biosensors

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    Phizicky, Eric M.

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

    Interests: tRNA biogenesis, function and quality control; intellectual disability due to deficiencies in tRNA modifications

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    Wedekind, Joseph E.

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

    Interests: Structure and function analysis of gene regulation by riboswitches and microRNAs as a basis for therapeutic development

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    Research Professors

    Research professors do not accept graduate students, but have active research programs within the department.


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    Ebetino, Frank Hal

    • Professor of Chemistry, Research

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    Interests: Medicinal chemistry and drug design, including bisphosphonates and bone targeted drugs for arthritis and cancer, receptor agonists/antagonists, and epigenetic enzyme inhibitors

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    Emeritus Faculty

    Emeritus faculty no longer teach courses or graduate students, but many are still active contributors to the intellectual life of the department, serving as co-advisors, mentors, and running research programs.


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    Krugh, Thomas R.

    • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

    Interests: Biophysical chemistry; structural analysis of biomolecules, energy minimization and molecular dynamics calculations

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