Interdisciplinary PhD in Structural and Computational Biology and Quantitative Biosciences

Judith Burstyn

Department of Chemistry Professor Lab Website 262-0328

5327A Chemistry
1101 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706-1322


B.A., Cornell University
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Bioinorganic chemistry, gas-sensing metalloproteins

The Burstyn lab is primarily interested in developing a molecular-level understanding of how proteins use heme to sense small, gaseous molecules. Our studies focus on heme coordination chemistry and how changes in coordination regulate protein function. We use tools from bioinorganic chemistry, biophysical chemistry and bioinformatics to inform our understanding of allosteric regulation in these systems.

We study several bacterial, gas-responsive transcription factors and newly discovered types of heme-containing gas sensors. To learn more about these interesting systems, visit our lab website.

A Unique CO-sensing Transcription Factor, RcoM
A Unique CO-sensing Transcription Factor, RcoM
CO-Mediated Allostery in CooA
CO-Mediated Allostery in CooA

Judith Burstyn

Areas of Expertise

  • Astrobiology
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Protein Folding Design & Function
  • RNA/DNA Biophysics
  • Spectroscopy Microscopy Imaging