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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

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Seminars & Events

  • Raiziss Rounds Seminar | Ostap Lab
    Thurs, December 3, 2020 | 12 noon • on BlueJeans
    Myosin: The force awakens (except when it doesn’t)
  • Friday Research & Development Discussions | Sandya Ajith, PhD
    Fri, December 4, 2020 | 4 pm • on BlueJeans
    A Conversation about Communication

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Postdoc Spotlight

Hana Odeh

Dr. Hana Odeh has been a postdoc in the Shorter lab since November of 2018. Prior to coming to the Department, she worked on SUMO regulation in the lab of Dr. Michael Matunis at Johns Hopkins. In the Shorter lab, Hana works on strategies to prevent TDP-43 aggregation and dipeptide-repeat toxicity in C9-ALS/FTD. Her most recent findings on the effects of poly(GR) on TDP-43 aggregation were published in Science Translational Medicine (co-first author). In addition to her research, Hana has a passion for mentoring students and a strong commitment to social justice. She serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee in our Department, and leads efforts of anti-racism work in her lab and beyond. In her free time, Hana enjoys long-distance hiking and rock climbing. 

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