Biomolecular Imaging

Year: 2012  
Cluster Leads:

Robert S. Haltiwanger, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Life Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5215

Phone: 631-632-7336
Fax: 631-632-8575


Peter J. Tonge, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry

Chemistry Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3400

Phone: 631-632-7907
Fax: 631-632-7934


Academic Units and Collaborating Faculty: Biochemistry & Cell Biology Robert Haltiwanger
Huilin Li
  Chemistry Peter Tonge
  Pharmacological Sciences Michael Frohman
  Neurobiology & Behavior Lorna Role


Imaging biological molecules at the molecular level is the key step in understanding their function and interactions with other biomolecules, providing a starting point for the design of drugs that bind to a bimolecular target to prevent or treat cancer and infections. With the new faculty who will be hired in the cluster, recent investments in NMR facilities at Stony Brook, and the proximity to the new National Synchrotron Light Souce II at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook is poised to become a world leader in imaging of biological materials at the molecular level. Over the next three years, we will recruit five junior faculty whose research interests span a range of imaging modalities, including NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, ultrahigh resolution light microscopy, cryoelectron microscopy, and positron emission tomography coupled with radiotracer synthesis. Academic appointments for cluster faculty will be based on their areas of research, and will be in the Departments of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacological Sciences, and/or Neurobiology and Behavior. This cluster initiative is spearheaded by Dr. Robert Haltiwanger, Professor and Chair of Stony Brook's Department of Biochemistry, and Dr. Peter Tonge, Director of Infectious Disease Research, Director of the Translational Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory, and Professor with Stony Brook's Department of Chemistry.

More information on Biomolecular Imaging Cluster can be found on the cluster webpage at

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