Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Faculty of Biochemistry and Structural Biology Department

Distinguished Professors


Citovsky, Vitaly1, Ph.D., 1987, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: Nuclear targeting and intercellular communication in plants.


Grollman, Arthur, P.4, M.D., 1959, Johns Hopkins Medical School: Mechanisms of chemical mutagenesis/carcinogenesis.

London, Erwin1, Ph.D., 1979, Cornell University: Membrane protein structure/translocation/folding. Structure and function of sphingolipid/ cholesterol rafts in membranes.

Sternglanz, Rolf1, Ph.D., 1967, Harvard University: Chromatin structure and function in yeast; histone modifying enzymes.

Brown, Deborah1, Ph.D., 1987, Stanford University: Structure and function of caveolae and cholesterol/sphingolipid-rich membrane domains.

Dean, Neta1, Ph.D., 1988, UCLA: Protein glycosylation, fungal cell wall biosynthesis; fungal pathogenesis

de los Santos, Carlos2, Ph.D., 1987, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Solution structures of damaged DNA; structural basis of chemical mutagenesis, lesion recognition, and DNA repair.

Deutsch, Dale1, Ph.D., 1972, Purdue University: Metabolism and uptake of the endocannabinoids (anandamide and 2-AG).

Gergen, J. Peter1, Ph.D., 1982, Brandeis University: Transcriptional regulation in development; structure and function of Runt domain proteins.

Green, David, F.6, Ph.D. 2002, MIT: Protein design; computational glycobiology; specificity of protein interaction networks.

Haltiwanger, Robert1, Ph.D., 1986, Duke University: Glycobiology: Role of protein glycosylation in signal transduction and development.

Hollingsworth, Nancy 1 ,Ph.D., Meiotic synapsis, recombination, and segregation in yeast

Hannun, Yusuf, 1,7, MD , 1, Bioactive lipids in cancer pathogenesis and therapeutics

Li, Huilin1,5, Ph.D., 1994, University of Sciences and Technology, Beijing China: Structural biology of macromolecular assemblies and membrane proteins by cryo-electron microscopy.

Miller, W. Todd3, Ph.D., 1989, Rockefeller University: Tyrosine phosphorylation and signal transduction.

Neiman, Aaron1, Ph.D., 1994, University of California, San Francisco: Vesicle trafficking and intracellular signaling in yeast.

Obeid, Lina, 7, Ph.D Bioactive lipids in Inflammation, Aging and Cancer

Raleigh, Daniel P.4, Ph.D., 1988, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Experimental studies of protein folding and amyloid formation.

Rizzo, Robert6, Ph.D 2001, Yale University: Computational biology; drug design.

Sampson, Nicole4, Ph.D., 1990, University of California, Berkeley: Structure and function of enzymes in mycobacterial sterol metabolic pathways and their role in pathogenesis; Chemical biology of mammalian fertilization; new polymer synthesis.

Scarlata, Suzanne2, Ph.D., 1984, University of Illinois: Structure/oligomerization of membrane proteins.

Simmerling, Carlos L.4, Ph.D., 1991, University of Illinois: Development of tools for efficient simulation of chemical systems and using them to study the structure and dynamics of molecules involved in biological processes.

Simon, Sanford R.1, Ph.D., 1967, Rockefeller University: Proteinases and their inhibitors in invasiveness, inflammation and tumor metastasis; Inhibition of bacterial metalloproteinases.                                                

Smith, Steven O.1, Ph.D., 1985, University of California, Berkeley: Structure and function of membrane proteins.

Thomsen, Gerald H.1, Ph.D., 1988, Rockefeller University: Regulation of early vertebrate development by growth factor signals, ubiquitin modification, and T box family transcription factors.

Tonge, Peter J.4, Ph.D., 1986, University of Birmingham, England: Tuberculosis pathogenesis and drug discovery; Enzyme mechanisms and rational inhibitor design; Fluorescent proteins.

Wang Jin4, Ph.D., 1991 University of Illinois: Fundemental mechanism of biomolecular folding and recognition. Especially protein folding and protein-protein/protein-DNA interactions.

Associate Professors
Holdener, Bernadette1, Ph.D., 1990, University of Illinois: The role of protein folding in WNT signal transduction and development.

Karzai, Wali1, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1995. Structure-Function studies of RNA-protein interactions.

Schärer, Orlando D.4,9, Ph.D., 1996, Harvard University: Chemistry and Biology of DNA damage and repair.

Assistant Professors
Boon, Elizabeth M.4, Ph.D., 2003, California Institute of Technology: Nitric oxide signaling in bacteria .

Bowen, Mark E.3, Ph.D., 1998, University of Ilinois, Chaicago;

Carrico, Isaac4, Ph.D 2003, California Institute of Technology: Site-specific protein labeling; glycoproteins.

Czaplinski, Kevin1, Ph.D., 1999, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: Post transcriptional control of gene expression in the nervous system.

Garcia-Diaz, Miguel2, Ph.D., 2003, UAM University (Madrid, Spain): Structural Enzymology of eukaryotic DNA/RNA transactions.

Glynn, Steven 1 Ph.D Structure and mechanism of protein-unfolding machines in mitochondria

Luk, Edward 1 Ph.D Chromosome biology and genome regulation

Martin, Benjamin 1 Ph.D Stem cell maintenance and differentiation, Developmental mechanisms of cancer pathogenesis

Seeliger, Jessica2 Ph.D Stanford University:infectious disease, tuberculosis, lipid biosynthesis, membrane biology, enzymology

Seeliger, Markus2 Ph.D Cambridge University Mechanism of Protein kinases and Ubiquitin Ligases in Cancer and Aging

Allaire, Marc5, 1992, University of Sherbrooke: Synchrotron-based techniques and structural biology.

Fu, Dax5, 1996, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine: X-ray crystallography of membrane protein transporters and channels. 

Liu, Chang-Jun5 Ph. D. 1999, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Schwender, Jörg 5, Ph. D., 1999, University of Karlsruhe, Germany: Experimental and theoretical analysis of plant metabolic networks.

Shanklin, John5, Ph.D., 1988, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Structure-function relationships of lipid modification enzymes.

Subramanyan Swaminathan5, Ph.D., 1980 University of Madras, India: Structure-function relationships of bacterial toxins.


Number of teaching, graduate, and research assistantships, fall 2010: 27

1) Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

2) Department of Pharmacological Sciences

3) Department of Physiology and Biophysics

4) Department of Chemistry

5) Brookhaven National Laboratory

6) Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

7) Department of Medicine