Interdisciplinary PhD in Structural and Computational Biology and Quantitative Biosciences

Elizabeth R. Wright

Dept. of Biochemistry & Morgridge Institute for Research Professor Lab Website 265-0666

471B HF DeLuca Biochemistry Laboratories
433 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1544


B.S., Columbus State University
Ph.D., Emory University
Postdoctoral, California Institute of Technology

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

The work in the Wright lab uses cryo-EM to investigate the structures of many types of cells. We also develop methods for advancing this technology. The goal is to use this information to aid in the development of novel antimicrobials, therapeutics, and vaccines.

Direct visualization of endogenous tethers on HIV-1 attached to HeLa cells by cryo-ET
Tomographic slice (7.37 nm) of HIV-1 virions attached to plasma membrane.HeLa cells transfected with pNLenv1-delta-U were imaged by cryo-ET. Tomographic slice (7.37 nm) of HIV-1 virions attached to plasma membrane. Immature and mature virions, maturation intermediates, and HIV budding from the plasma membrane were observed. Elements shown include HIV-1 virions (purple), immature Gag polyprotein (pink), mature cores (blue), tethers (green), and the plasma membrane (orange). Image courtesy of Joshua D. Strauss and Elizabeth R. Wright.

Photo of Elizabeth R. Wright

Areas of Expertise

  • Membrane & Cellular Biophysics
  • Microbial Biophysics & Virology
  • Protein Folding Design & Function
  • Structural Biology