Biochemistry Faculty

Primary Faculty

Xiaodong Cheng Ph.D.

Xiaodong Cheng, Ph.D.
Professor
xcheng@emory.edu
Lab Website

My research interests are mainly focused on epigenetic modifications of DNA methylation and histone modifications.

Graeme L. Conn Ph.D.

Graeme L. Conn, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor
gconn@emory.edu
Laboratory Site

RNA-protein interactions in bacterial antibiotic resistance and the mammalian anti-viral response; mammalian sweet taste receptor and sweet protein structure, function and interaction.

Paul W. Doetsch Ph.D.

Paul W. Doetsch, Ph.D.
Professor
medpwd@emory.edu
Lab Website
Molecular biology of DNA damage, repair, and mutagenesis. Genetic instability and cancer.

Christine Dunham Ph.D.

Christine Dunham, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
christine.m.dunham@emory.edu
Lab Website         

Ribosome function and structure; mechanism of viral mRNA frameshifts; structure and function of RNA-binding proteins involved in mRNA processing and transport

William S. Dynan, Ph.D.

William S. Dynan, Ph.D.  
Professor
wdynan@emory.edu
Lab Website

Dr. Dynan, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, will focus his research on repairing double-strand breaks that occur in DNA from ionizing radiation. Such studies hold promise in cancer treatment because selective inhibition of DNA repair in tumor cells provides a strategy to increase the effectiveness of radiation therapy, while limiting normal tissue damage. Dynan’s research also has applications for gene correction for sickle cell disease.

Richard A. Kahn Ph.D.

Richard A. Kahn, Ph.D.
Professor
rkahn@emory.edu
Faculty Research Page

The research focus in my laboratory is the family of 21 kDa GTP binding proteins, termed ADP- ribosylation factors of Arfs.

Bo Ling Ph.D.

Bo Liang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
bo.liang@emory.edu
Lab Website

The principal goal of our research is to scrutinize high-resolution structural details and to understand the molecular mechanisms of large assemblies, including ribonucleoprotein complexes and membrane proteins using integrated approaches of cryo-EM, x-ray crystallography and fluorescence light microscopy. 


Ichiro Matsumura Ph.D.

Ichiro Matsumura, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
imatsum@emory.edu
Faculty Research Page

My objective is to understand the adaptive evolution of protein structure and function. I recapitulate the evolutionary process in the laboratory, and identify the correlations between specific changes in tertiary structure and improvements in fitness. These experiments often yield proteins with enhanced industrial or pharmaceutical utility.

Eric A. Ortlund, Ph.D.

Eric Ortlund, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
eric.ortlund@emory.edu
Lab Website       

The lab will use structural biology to focus on nuclear receptor mediated transcription, on complexes between specific lipid transporters and their cognate nuclear receptor recipients and will utilize structure and ancestral gene resurrection to understand the evolution of novel function within proteins.

David C. Pallas Ph.D.

David C. Pallas, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor
dpallas@emory.edu
Faculty Research Page

The primary purpose of the research in my laboratory is to understand the molecular basis of the control of cell proliferation and of mechanisms by which this control is circumvented in neoplastic cell growth. This knowledge will be applied to help identify new targets for small molecule drug therapy for cancer and other diseases in which aberrant cell proliferation is involved.

Daniel Reines Ph.D.

Daniel Reines, Ph.D.
Professor
dreines@emory.edu
Faculty Research Page

Current research is focusing on the biochemistry and molecular biology of gene expression.

Nicholas T. Seyfried Ph.D.

Nicholas T. Seyfried, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
nseyfri@emory.edu
Lab Website

We use a quantitative mass spectrometry approach to define protein aggregation and post-translational modification events observed in neurodegenerative disease.

Keith Wilkinson, Ph.D.

Keith D. Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Chair
genekdw@emory.edu
Lab Website

Our laboratory concentrates on the regulation of protein amount and location in the cell. We are studying the ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis system that is responsible for regulated degradation of intracellular proteins as well as the role of ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins as a targeting signal.

Research Faculty

Tatiana Chernova, Ph.D.Tatiana Chernova, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Wilkinson Lab
tcherno@emory.edu

Eric Dammer, Ph.D.

Eric Dammer, Ph.D.
Asssociate
Seyfried Lab
edammer@emory.edu

Natasha Degtyareva, Ph.D.

Natasha Degtyareva, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Doetsch Lab
ndegtya@emory.edu

H. Hashimoto, Ph.D.

Hideharu Hashimoto, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Cheng Lab
hhashi3@emory.edu

John Horton, Ph.D.

John R. Horton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cheng Lab
jrhorto@emory.edu

Amanda Marie James, Ph.D.

Amanda Marie James, PhD
Instructor
Assistant Director of the Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD)
jamandamariejames@emory.edu

Tongzhong Ju, Ph.D.

Tongzhong Ju, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Emory Comprehensive Glycomics Core
tju@emory.edu



Shuyi Li, Ph.D.

Shuyi Li, M.D. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dynan Lab
shuyi.li2@emory.edu


Anamika Patel, Ph.D.

Anamika Patel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cheng Lab
anamika.patel@emory.edu

David F. Smith, Ph.D.

David F. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Core H
Emory Comprehensive Glycomics Core
dfsmith@emory.edu

Xuezheng Song, Ph.D.

Xuezheng Song, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Emory Comprehensive Glycomics Core
xsong2@emory.edu

Erica Werner, Ph.D.

Erica Werner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Doetsch Lab
ewerner@emory.edu

Xing Zhang, Ph.D.

Xing Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cheng Lab
xzhan02@emory.edu

Faculty with Secondary Appointments in the Department of Biochemistry

Lou Ann Brown  (Pediatrics)
Judith Fridovich-Keil (Human Genetics)
Dean Jones (Pulmonology)
David Lambeth (Pathology)
Allan Platt (Family & Preventive Medicine)
Stephen Warren (Human Genetics)