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Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Kristen W. Lynch, PhD
Ronen Marmorstein, PhD
Vice Chair

As one of the first departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the nation, we are proud of our strong tradition of combining cutting-edge technology with impactful biology. We continue to leverage this interdisciplinary approach to yield break-through discoveries in biomedicine.

Our faculty of over 30 primary and secondary members cover a broad range of research areas, with particular strengths in structural biology, chemical biology, gene regulation and protein folding. 

We are also the proud home of the Eldridge Reeves Johnson Research Foundation which offers advanced physical instrumentation and instruction to researchers across campus.

We are actively growing, with several recent hires, and our faculty are broadly engaged across campus with many joint appointments in other departments, institutes and centers.

We welcome you to learn more about our department in the following pages or contact us.









News & Publications

  • Congratulations to Yale Goldman
    April 2022
    Dr. Goldman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Congratulations to Kenji Murakami
    April 2022
    for his new NSF and renewed NIH R01 to study the structure and function of enzymes in transcription and DNA repair
  • Moiseenkova-Bell Lab in Cell Reports
    April 2022
    Structural basis of TRPV5 regulation by physiological and pathophysiological modulators
  • Congratulations to Kathy Liu
    April 2022
    for her new grant from the ACS to study RNA helicases in leukemia

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Seminars & Events

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Faculty Spotlight

Elizabeth Rhoades, PhD

RhoadesElizabeth Rhoades is a professor in the Department of Chemistry with a secondary appointment in Biochemistry & Biophysics, as well as co-PI of the Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics Training Grant. Research in her lab focuses on determining functional mechanisms of intrinsically disordered proteins, with a particular interest in two proteins involved in neurodegenerative disorders, alpha-synuclein and tau. The lab uses a variety of biophysical and cell biological approaches, with special expertise in single molecule fluorescence. Recent efforts from the lab  have focused on identifying cellular binding partners of alpha-synuclein (publication) and determining molecular mechanisms of tau-mediated polymerization of tubulin (publication).

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