Biological Chemistry Faculty
Benjamin Tu, Ph.D., Chair
Research Interests: Metabolic cycles; mechanisms by which fundamental processes (e.g., cell growth and division, transcription, mitochondria homeostasis) are coupled to cellular metabolic state; yeast
Ivan D'Orso, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Transcription control by RNA Polymerase II; assembly and regulation of viral and human transcription complexes; mechanisms of transcription activation in HIV
J.R. Falck, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Total synthesis of natural products; synthetic methodology; organometalics; eicosanoids; medicinal chemistry
Jinming Gao, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Probing lysosome catabolism by nanoparticles; theranostic nanomedicine for cancer-targeted drug delivery; tumor-activatable imaging nanoprobes
Marie-Alda Gilles-Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Mechanisms of O2, CO, and NO sensing and in novel signal-transduction heme proteins
John Hulleman, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Protein misfolding diseases, stress-responsive signaling, chemical biology, high-throughput screening, drug discovery, age-related macular degeneration, retinal dystrophies
Wen-Hong Li, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Intercellular communications through gap junctions; molecular engineering of fluorescent sensors for cellular imaging; wide field, confocal, and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy; mechanisms and functions of cellular calcium signaling
Qinghua Liu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cellular use of small RNAs to specifically silence gene expression; harnessing RNAi to shut down expression of pathological genes to cure human disease
David McFadden, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests: Genetically engineered mouse models of cancer, chemical and genetic screens for new vulnerabilities in small cell lung cancer and Ewing sarcoma
These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program responsibilities.
Anthony Michael, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Evolution of biosynthetic diversity; role of polyamines in cellular processes
Hamid Mirzaei, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Aging, drug discovery, neurodegeneration, proteomics
Diana Tomchick, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Structural characterization of signal-transduction protein complexes, proteins involved in reproductive biology, and novel proteins from pathogenic bacteria; improved methods of crystallographic data collection, processing, and phasing; automated crystallization techniques
Fei Wang, Ph.D.,
Research Interests: Membrane protein trafficking and function; autophagy and its developmental roles; organelle biogenesis and communication.
Noelle Williams, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Development of novel chemical leads from high throughput screens, new natural products, or rational target-based chemical design as viable therapeutics for preclinical models; areas explored include pharmacokinetics, formulation, metabolism, toxicology, and efficacy for a variety of disease models, including cancer, bacterial infections, and neurological disorders
Yonghao Yu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: We are interested in developing novel mass spectrometry-based proteomic technologies (including sample preparation, instrumentation, and computation methods) and applying them to study biologically relevant questions. Our current research in focused on using these techniques to characterize various protein posttranslational modifications, in particular, phosphorylation, ubiquitination, and ADP-ribosylation.