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Sarah Ades

  • Associate Dean, The Graduate School
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Signal transduction and antibiotic induced stress responses in bacteria.

408 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 863-1088

Istvan Albert

  • Research Professor
W237 Millennium Science Complex
(814) 865-2281

Jean-Paul Armache

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
428 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 863-0152

Paul Babitzke

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Co-director, Center for RNA Molecular Biology

Regulation of gene expression by RNA structure and RNA-binding proteins

203 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 865-0002

Lu Bai

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Associate Professor of Physics

Single cell / single molecule study of chromatin and gene regulation

406 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 863-4824

Philip C. Bevilacqua

  • Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
242 Chemistry Building
(814) 863-3812

Amie Boal

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Structural biology of metalloproteins

326 Chemistry Building
(814) 867-2863

J. Martin Bollinger

  • Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Mechanisms of metalloenzymes and metallofactor assembly

336 Chemistry Building
(814) 863-1464

Squire Booker

  • Howard Hughes Medical Investigator
  • Professor of Chemistry and
  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Eberly Distinguished Chair in Science

Mechanisms of cofactor action in enymatic reactions

302 Chemistry Building
(814) 865-8793

Donald Bryant

  • Ernest C. Pollard Professor in Biotechnology and
  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Physiology, biochemistry, genetics, and genomics of photosynthetic bacteria

403C Althouse Laboratory
(814) 865-1992

Craig Cameron

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Eberly Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

RNA polymerases and RNA-binding proteins in viral infection and mitochondrial disease

201 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 863-8705

Paul Cremer

  • Professor of Chemistry and
  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Natural Sciences

Multidisciplinary field of biological surface and interface science

212 South Frear (mailbox 104 Chemistry)

Frank Dorman

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
240 Chemistry Building (Mail: 107 Althouse)
(814) 863-6805

J. Gregory Ferry

  • Stanley Person Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
308B Althouse Laboratory
(814) 863-5721

David Gilmour

  • Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology

Transcriptional regulation of the hsp70 heat shock gene in Drosophila

465A North Frear Laboratory
(813) 863-8905

Santhosh Girirajan

  • Associate Professor of Genomics
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Department of Anthropology

Genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders

205 A Life Sciences Building
(814) 865-0674

John Golbeck

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Professor of Chemistry

Biophysical studies of electron transfer mechanisms in photosynthetic prokaryotes

328 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 865-1163

Ying Gu

  • Associate Head for Equity & Diversity
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Mechanism of cellulose biosynthesis in arabidopsis

262 North Frear Laboratory
(814) 867-3827

Susan Hafenstein

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
231W Millennium Science Complex
(814) 865-5729

Wendy Hanna-Rose

  • Department Head, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics of Metabolism and Development in C. elegans

104D Life Sciences Building
(814) 865-7904

Ross Hardison

  • T. Ming Chu Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Genomics and gene regulation

304 Wartik Laboratory
(814) 863-0113

Mitchell Holland

  • Research Professor
014 Thomas Building
(814) 865-5286

Joyce Jose

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
W-206 Millennium Science Complex
(814) 863-8806

Teh-hui Kao

  • Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemical and molecular bases of self/non-self recognition during plant reproduction

333 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 863-1042

Kenneth Keiler

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Associate Department Head for Graduate Education

Protein quality control and new antibiotics.

401 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 863-0787

Andrey Krasilnikov

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Structural biology of RNA and RNA-protein complexes

106 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 865-5050

Maria Krasilnikova

  • Assistant Research Professor
108 Chemistry Building 206 Life Sciences (mail)
(814) 863-5555

Carsten Krebs

  • Professor of Chemistry and
  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Bioinorganic chemistry- spectroscopic and kinetic studies on the mechanisms of iron-containing enzymes

332 Chemistry Building
(814) 865-6089

Zhi-Chun Lai

  • Professor of Biology and
  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Growth control and cancer genetics

127 Life Sciences Building
(814) 863-0479

Arthur Lesk

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Protein structure, function and evolution

203 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 865-4743

Scott E. Lindner

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular parasitology and structural biology of malaria (Plasmodium spp.)

W230B Millennium Science Complex
(814) 867-4062

Manuel Llinás

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Professor of Chemistry

Understanding the molecular mechanisms of gene regulation and metabolism in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum using functional genomics and metabolomics

W126 Millennium Science Complex
(814) 867-3444

Bernhard Lüscher

  • Professor of Biology
  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders. Mechanisms underlying successful antidepressant drug therapies

209 Life Sciences Building
(814) 865-5549

Shaun Mahony

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Computational biology and regulatory genomics.  

404 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 865-3008

Paul Medvedev

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Computational Genomics

343J Information Science & Technology Building and 506B Wartik Lab Wartik Phone: (814) 865-2733
(814) 865-0193

Timothy C. Meredith

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Our research focuses on the bacterial cell envelope, and in particular on lipid metabolism, across a set of key human pathogens including Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

206 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 867-5909

Tim Miyashiro

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Bacterial gene expression within natural host environments;  Host-microbe symbioses

410 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 865-1916

Katsuhiko Murakami

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Structural and Mechanistic Enzymology of Prokaryotic RNA Polymerases

006 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 865-2758

Anton Nekrutenko

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Comparative genome analysis

505 Wartik Laboratory
(814) 865-4752

B. Tracy Nixon

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

1. Functional bases of signal transduction and gene regulation by AAA+ATPases in bacteria. 2. Degradation of lignocellulose by cellulases. 3. Synthesis of cellulose.

332 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 863-4904

C. Denise Okafor

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
107 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 865-5497

Andrew D. Patterson

  • Tombros Early Career Professor
  • Professor of Molecular Toxicology
  • Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular Toxicology & Carcinogenesis Research Faculty

322 Life Sciences Bldg
(814) 867-4565

Kathleen Postle

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Signal transduction and iron transport in bacteria as a target for novel antibiotic development

301 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 863-7568

Frank Pugh

  • Evan Pugh University Professor
  • Willaman Chair in Molecular Biology and
  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and genomics and eukaryotic transcription regulation

456A North Frear Laboratory
(814) 863-8252

Joseph Reese

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Associate Head for Research and Faculty Development

Control of gene expression during stress, DNA damage resistance pathways

463A North Frear Laboratory
(814) 865-1976

Melissa Rolls

  • Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chair of the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences Graduate Program

Subcellular compartmentalization of neurons

118 Life Sciences Building
(814) 867-1395

Lorraine Santy

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Small GTPase regulation of epithelial cell motility

208 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 863-6813

Scott B. Selleck

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Regulation of growth factor signaling, proteogylcan modulation of morphogen function, nervous system assembly and synapse development

206D Life Sciences Building
(814) 867-3274

Scott Showalter

  • Professor of Chemistry and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Analytical, Biological, Computational/Theoretical, Physical, Biomedical

106 Chemistry Building
(814) 865-2318

Moriah L. Szpara

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Neurovirology, genomics of pathogen variation, neuron-virus relationships

W-208 Millennium Science Complex
(814) 867-0008

Song Tan

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Structural biology of eukaryotic gene regulation

468A North Frear Laboratory
(814) 865-3355

Claire Thomas

  • Associate Professor of Biology
  • and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Roles of the cytoskeleton in Drosophila development: molecular and genetic approaches

617 Mueller Lab (mailbox 208 Mueller)
(814) 863-0716

Ming Tien

  • Professor of Biochemistry

Characterization and biochemical analysis of cellulose synthesis in a variety of organisms. Mechanism and regulation of fungal degradation of lignin. Dissimilatory Iron reduction

305 South Frear Laboratory
(814) 863-1165

Yanming Wang

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Epigenetic histone modifications in cell differentiation and cancer

454 North Frear Laboratory
(814) 865-3775

Emily Weinert

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
306 Althouse Laboratory
(814) 865-3719

Xin Zhang

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Paul Berg Early Career Professorship in the Eberly College of Science

Chemical Biology of In Vivo Protein Folding and Aggregation. Biochemistry and Synthetic Chemistry.

224 Chemistry Building
(814) 863-3732

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