Faculty

Molecular Biophysics faculty are drawn from the departments of Applied Physiology, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics.

Ed Balog
Applied Physiology
Studies of intracellular ion channels known as ryanodine receptors (RyRs). These proteins are the primary efflux pathway for the release of calcium from the sarcoplasmic reticulum.
404-894-3957
Bridgette Barry
Chemistry & Biochemistry Director, Molecular Biophysics Training Program
Biological electron transfer, membrane biophysics, DNS synthesis, peptide maquettes, vibrational spectroscopy, EPR spectroscopy, photosynthesis.
404-385-6085
Jennifer Curtis
Physics
Investigation of the structure, mechanics and function of the pericellular coat and hyaluronan‐protein macromolecular assemblies; the mechanics of phagocytosis using biophysical and nanopatterning tools.
404-894-8839
Robert M. Dickson
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Single molecule spectroscopy, fluorophore design and utilization in materials and biology, laser spectroscopy and dynamics, nanoparticle synthesis and photophysics, biolabeling, superresolution and high‐sensitivity optical microscopy.
404-894-4007
Mostafa A. El-Sayed
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Nanoscience: synthesis and study of the properties of nanomaterial of different shapes, nanotechnology: potential use of nanoparticles in: a) nanomedicine: diagnostics and selective photothermal therapy of cancer, b) nanocatalysis: shape dependence in cage effects.
404-894-7452
Christoph J. Fahrni
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Development and application of cation‐selective fluorescent probes for biophotonics. Study of metal‐ion distribution and subcellular localization in live cells by x‐ray fluorescence microscopy.
404-894-2295
JC Gumbart
School of Physics Assistant Professor
Molecular dynamics simulations of membrane-protein insertion and function at both the inner and outer bacterial membranes, bacterial cell wall dynamics and growth, nascent-peptide-ribosome interactions.
(404) 385-0797
Rigoberto Hernandez
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Analytic and computational approaches in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics to understand the structure and dynamics within and between proteins.
404-894-0594
Nicholas V. Hud
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Elucidation of the fundamental chemical and physical principles that govern nucleic acid assembly at multiple scales, from cation‐mediated RNA folding in the ribosome to the organization of DNA in viruses and bacterial cells.
404-385-1162
Harold Kim
Physics, Biology
Quantitative understanding of transcription‐factor activated gene expression in eukaryotic cells with emphasis on the role of nucleosome position/energetics and threedimensional organization of the genome in gene regulation. Fluorescence microscopy of live cells and single molecules.
404-894-0080
Raquel Lieberman
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Protein crystallography, enzymology, biophysics, chemical biology and in silico modeling to elucidate the structure, function and mechanism of enzymes that perform hydrolysis reactions in an unusual chemical environment within or at the surface of the lipid bilayer of a cell.
404-385-3663
Nael McCarty
Emory School of Medicine, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Biophysical approaches to understand the structure, function, and regulation of plasma membrane ion channels and receptors.
404-727-1327
Christine Payne
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Development and use of fluorescence microscopy to image intracellular dynamics. Specific systems of interest include the transport of extracellular cargo and nanoparticle‐cell interactions.
404-385-3125
Amit R. Reddi
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Biophysical and biochemical characterization of cellular transition metal trafficking, metalloproteins and metalloproteomes, placing an emphasis on systems relevant to cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and infectious diseases.
404-385-1428
Ingeborg Schmidt-Krey
Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Structure of eukaryotic membrane proteins and membrane protein complexes by electron crystallography.
404-385-0286
C. David Sherrill
Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computational Science & Engineering
Quantum mechanical models of electronic structure used to obtain reliable binding energies and substituent effects for non‐covalent interactions in nucleic acids and between protein side‐chains.
404-894-4037
Jeffrey Skolnick
Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computational Science & Engineering
Computational biology.
404-407-8975
Todd Sulchek
Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering
Bioengineering and microelectromechanical systems: atomic force microscopy, pathogen adhesion and endocytosis, cell biomechanics, single molecule biophysics, drug delivery and targeting, biosensors.
404-385-1887
Roger Wartell
Biology, Physics
Mechanism of protein facilitated sRNA regulation of mRNA expression; assembly and stability of RNA structures
404-894-8421
Loren D. Williams
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Experimental and informatic approaches to determining and characterizing nucleic acid structures, and the forces that govern the structures.
404-894-9752
Cheng Zhu
Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering
Biomechanics of cell adhesion and signaling molecules of the immune system and the vascular systems.
404-894-3269