Trainers in the Biophysics program come from fifteen different Departments belonging to five different Colleges. The research areas cover a wide selection of topics in biophysics and in the quantitative biosciences.

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Paul G. Ahlquist

Dept. of Oncology & Institute for Molecular Virology

Molecular mechanisms of virus replication and host interactions

David Baum

Department of Botany

Plant phylogenetics; conceptual issues in evolution and systematics; origin of life

Joshua Brockman

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Measuring and programming cellular mechanobiology

Thomas Brunold

Department of Chemistry

Spectroscopic methods applied to metalloenzyme structure and function

Andrew R. Buller

Department of Chemistry

Protein engineering and biocatalysis

Mark E. Burkard

Department of Medicine

How protein kinases regulate human cell division and applying gained knowledge to improve treatment of breast cancer

Briana M. Burton

Department of Bacteriology

DNA transport across membranes

Samuel E. Butcher

Department of Biochemistry

Structural biology of RNA interactions that regulate gene expression

Silvia Cavagnero

Department of Chemistry

Protein structure, folding, dynamics and aggregation in the cell; role of ribosome and molecular chaperones

Edwin Chapman

Dept. of Neuroscience & Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Molecular mechanisms that underlie neuronal exocytosis

Snehal N. Chaudhari

Department of Biochemistry

Interactions of the gut microbiome with the host; intestinal metabolism in health and disease

Joshua J. Coon

Department of Chemistry

Bioanalytical chemistry, mass spectrometry and proteomics

Scott M. Coyle

Department of Biochemistry

Understanding and engineering microscale molecular and cellular machines

Cynthia M. Czajkowski

Department of Neuroscience

Structure/function relationship in neurotransmitter receptors

Katrina T. Forest

Department of Bacteriology

Structures, functions and mechanisms of microbial proteins; using crystallography, protein engineering, biochemistry, chemical biology and classic microbiology

Samuel H. Gellman

Department of Chemistry

Proteins and protein-like molecules: design, synthesis, structure and function

Pupa Gilbert

Department of Physics

Biophotonics; gadolinium neutron capture therapy

Randall H. Goldsmith

Department of Chemistry

Single-molecule methods to study chemical reactions, biophysical processes, and materials properties

Timothy Grant

Department of Biochemistry & Morgridge Institute for Research

Studying the structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules using cryo-EM

Aviad Hai

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Bioelectronic sensors for non-destructive electrophysiology

Jeffrey D. Hardin

Department of Integrative Biology

Epithelial migration and embryonic development

Katherine Henzler-Wildman

Department of Biochemistry

Dynamics and function of integral membrane proteins, secondary active transport, ion channels

Aaron A. Hoskins

Department of Biochemistry

Mechanistic studies of eukaryotic RNA processing using chemical, genetic, and biophysical approaches

Xin Huang

Department of Neuroscience

Neural basis of vision and visually guided behavior

Xuhui Huang

Department of Chemistry

Elucidating the dynamics of these conformational changes

Meyer B. Jackson

Department of Neuroscience

Biophysical studies of neuronal signaling

Jiaoyang Jiang

Pharmaceutical Sciences Division, School of Pharmacy

Structure, mechanism and function of protein glycosylation in biology and disease

Betul Kacar

Department of Bacteriology

Investigating molecular mechanisms of evolution and the origins of life

James L. Keck

Department of Biomolecular Chemistry

Structural mechanisms of genome maintenance

Robert N. Kirchdoerfer

Department of Biochemistry & Institute for Molecular Virology

Structural and biochemical exploration of RNA virus entry and replication

Robert Landick

Department of Biochemistry

RNA polymerase structure/function; regulation of transcript elongation in bacteria and humans

Lingjun Li

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Drug Action and Drug Discovery

Ci Ji Lim

Department of Biochemistry

Mechanism of telomere maintenance; Structure-function studies of biological machines by cryo-EM and single-molecule imaging

Megan McClean

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Systems biology, synthetic biology, cellular engineering, signal processing

Kavi Mehta

Department of Comparative Biosciences

How do leading and lagging strand stress responses and mutagenic bias differ?

Matthew J. Merrins

Dept of Biomolecular Chemistry and Dept of Medicine

Enzymatic regulation of nutrient metabolism and hormone secretion in pancreatic islets

Monica E. Neugebauer

Department of Biochemistry

Discovery, characterization, and evolution of enzymes for biocatalysis and chemical biology

Jacob Notbohm

Department of Engineering Physics

How biological cells adhere, push, pull, and move, using mechanics, soft matter physics, applied math, and cell biology

Andrea Putnam

Department of Biomolecular Chemistry and Center for Quantitative Cell Imaging

Function and regulation of RNA condensates in development

Srivatsan Raman

Departments of Biochemistry

Protein allostery, orthogonal transcriptional systems, programmable synthetic bacteriophages

Chad M. Rienstra

Department of Biochemistry

Development and application of solid-state NMR spectroscopy to protein, lipid and small molecule structure and dynamics

Abbas Rizvi

Department of Neuroscience

Genomic Organization and Transcriptional Regulation

Gail A. Robertson

Department of Neuroscience

Molecular mechanisms of ion channel function

Philip A. Romero

Department of Biochemistry

Protein engineering, computational biology, high-throughput technology

Krishanu Saha

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Stem cell biology, genome engineering and biomaterials expertise to ask unique questions about human biology and disease

David Schwartz

Department of Chemistry

Single molecule approaches to whole genome analysis

Alessandro Senes

Department of Biochemistry

Biochemical and computational studies of membrane protein interactions

Nathan M. Sherer

Dept. of Oncology & Institute for Molecular Virology

Cell biology of viral HIV-1 replication; single cell imaging technologies and biochemical and cell-based assays

Raunak Sinha

Department of Neuroscience

Visual processing in the retina: How cellular, synaptic and circuit mechanisms shape retinal structure and function

Melissa Skala

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Combating cancer using photonics-based technologies and developing personal cancer treatment strategies

Lloyd M. Smith

Department of Chemistry

Development and application of novel bioanalytical tools

Aussie Suzuki

Department of Oncology

Cell biology, machanobiology, cancer biology, nanobiology, and biophysics in cell division machinery

Reid C. Van Lehn

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Biomolecular simulation; nano-bio interactions; complex bio interfaces; cotranslational protein synthesis; biomembranes

Ophelia S. Venturelli

Depts. of Biochemistry, Bacteriology & Chemical and Biological Engineering

Understanding and engineering microbial communities across space and time

Jade Wang

Department of Bacteriology

Bacterial Stress Response, Nucleotide Signaling, Mutagenesis, Antibiotic Resistance

Amy M. Weeks

Department of Biochemistry

Spatially-resolved mapping of post-translational modifications; protein engineering; chemoproteomics

Elizabeth R. Wright

Dept. of Biochemistry & Morgridge Institute for Research

3D structure of viruses, bacteria, and mammalian cells by cryo-electron microscopy

Yongna Xing

Department of Oncology

Structural biology of cancer

Filiz Yesilkoy

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Developing new bioanalytical methods using nanophotonic tools

John Yin

Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering

Theoretical and experimental approaches to understand how viruses grow and evolve

Martin Zanni

Department of Chemistry

We develop and utilize ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopies to study topics in biophysics and materials science

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