Molecular Biophysics Faculty and Research

Program faculty have diverse backgrounds and interests, ranging from mathematics and theoretical physics to neurobiology and genetics.

Research in the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program is highly interdisciplinary, comprising faculty drawn from the departments of Biophysics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Radiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and others. A list of faculty with their research interests is given below.


David Corey, Ph.D.

William Henne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Henne Lab
Research Interests: Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Sculpting; formation and dynamics of inter-organelle membrane contact sites (MCSs) in human health and disease

David Corey, Ph.D.

Khuloud Jaqaman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Jaqaman Lab
Research Interests: Quantitative single-molecule imaging of receptor organization and signaling; linking molecular and cellular behavior across multiple scales; computational image analysis and data multiplexing

David Corey, Ph.D.

Qiu-Xing Jiang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Jiang Lab
Research Interests: Structure and function of large membrane assemblies, including ion channels and transporters using electron cryo-microscopy and crystallographic analysis to generate 3D structures and perform functional studies in in vitro or& in vivo systems

David Corey, Ph.D.

Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.
Professor
Jiang Lab
Research Interests: Structure and function of ion channels/transporters using X-ray protein crystallography and electrophysiological tools

David Corey, Ph.D.

Xin Liu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Liu Lab
Research Interests: Roles of chromatin and nuclear organization in transcriptional regulation; structural and biochemical studies of chromatin dynamics during transcriptional activation and repression.

David Corey, Ph.D.

Xuelian (Sue) Luo, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Luo Lab
Research Interests: Protein structure determination by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); protein folding; cell cycle checkpoints and cancer

David Corey, Ph.D.

Craig R. Malloy, M.D.
Professor
Research Interests: The analysis of metabolism in intact tissues by NMR spectroscopy; development of new methods to understand metabolic processes in functioning cells

David Corey, Ph.D.

Ralph P. Mason, Ph.D.
Professor
Mason Lab
Research Interests: Development of novel techniques for prognostic radiology with emphasis on tumor oxygenation, pH, and efficacy of gene therapy; nuclear magnetic resonance, bioluminescence, PET and SPECT

David Corey, Ph.D.

Matthew Merritt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Merritt Lab
Research Interests: Understanding metabolic flux in living systems using stable isotope tracer technology. In addition, development of hardware for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, a method for enhancing magnetic resonance signals by factors of 10000 or greater.

David Corey, Ph.D.

Yunsun Nam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Nam Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene regulation; Structural and biochemical studies of non-coding RNA function.

David Corey, Ph.D.

Michael Reese, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Reese Lab 
Research Interests: Biochemistry; Biophysics; Cell signaling, kinases, pseudokinases; Host-pathogen interaction; co-evolution; Immunology; Structural biology

David Corey, Ph.D.

Luke Rice, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Rice Lab
Research Interests: Integrating structure, kinetics, and computation to understand the molecular determinants and regulatory mechanisms of microtubule dynamics

David Corey, Ph.D.

Michael K. Rosen, Ph.D.
Professor
Rosen Lab
Research Interests: Structural, biochemical, and cell biological mechanisms of signal transduction that control the actin cytoskeleton

David Corey, Ph.D.

Elliott Ross, Ph.D.
Professor
Ross Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms of G-protein signaling; amplification, selectivity, response timing; structure/function of GTPase-activating proteins and associated receptors

David Corey, Ph.D.

Sandra Schmid, Ph.D.
Professor
Schmid Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms governing and regulation of clathrin-mediated endocytosis, structure and function of the GTPase dynamin

David Corey, Ph.D.

Erdal Toprak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Toprak Lab
Research Interests: Antibiotic Resistance and Sensitivity; Single Molecule Biophysics; Synthetic Biology

David Corey, Ph.D.

Guanghua (Andy) Xiao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Statistical methods for genomics/proteomics and in spatial/image analysis


David Corey, Ph.D.

Yang Xie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Processing and analysis of high throughput data; false discovery rate estimation; integrated analysis methodology; Bayesian analysis methodology; design and analysis of clinical trials


David Corey, Ph.D.

Hongtao Yu, Ph.D.
Professor
Yu Lab
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of cell-cycle progression and mitotic checkpoints; structure determination of cell cycle regulatory proteins

David Corey, Ph.D.

Hong Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Zhang Lab
Research Interests: Structural enzymology; NAD biosynthesis and regulation; structure-based drug design

David Corey, Ph.D.

Xuewu Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Zhang Lab
Research Interests: Biochemical and Structural studies of regulation mechanisms for signaling proteins, especially receptor-mediated signaling pathways in neuron development and axonal guidance

Associate Members

These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program responsibilities.

David Corey, Ph.D.

Joseph Albanesi, Ph.D.
Professor
Research Interests: Mechanisms of membrane fusion; role of lipids in membrane trafficking; membrane vesiculation of dynamin


David Corey, Ph.D.

Dominika Borek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Eukaryotic chromatin organization, mutational rates and spectra, biological signals and noise


David Corey, Ph.D.

Chad Brautigam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Basic processes in living organisms at atomic level, using X-ray crystallography, analytical ultracentrifugation, isothermal titration calorimetry, and other biophysical techniques

David Corey, Ph.D.

Zhe Chen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Research Interests: Structural and functional studies of proteins in signal transduction


David Corey, Ph.D.

William Russ, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Evolutionary principles of enzyme design


David Corey, Ph.D.

Diana R. Tomchick, Ph.D.
Professor
Research Interests: Basic processes in living organisms at atomic level using X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and other biophysical techniques