Vanderbilt Chemical Biology Interface Training Program

Program Faculty

Ascano, Manuel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Biochemistry
Associate Professor: Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Post-transcriptional gene regulation in innate immunity and cellular stress

Bachmann, Brian, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Synthetic Biology, Organic Chemistry natural products, Mechanistic Enzymology

Blind, Ray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Molecular design principles

Brown, Breann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Biochemistry
The Brown Lab is interested in understanding how aberrations in macromolecular protein assembly underlie human diseases.

Brown, Jonathan, M.D.
Associate Professor: Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Understanding how chromatin-dependent signaling drives transcriptional programs that change cell state

Buchanan, Lauren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Chemistry
Biophysical methods to study protein dynamics

Caprioli, Richard, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Metabolism of cellular peptides

Cassat, James, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Pediatrics /Div. Infectious Disease
Host-Pathogen Interactions–Invasive Staphylococcal Infection & Musculoskeletal Biology

Chazin, Walter, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Structural Cell Biology- DNA replication, recombination and repair, ubiquitination, calcium signal transduction

Cliffel, David, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Nanoparticle biomimics, electroanalytical chemistry, multianaltye microphysiometry

Cortez, David, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Genome maintenance by the DNA damage response

Davies, Sean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pharmacology
Lipid Mediators and Sustainable Therapeutic Interventions for Chronic Diseases

Denison, Mark, M.D.
Professor: Pediatrics and Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology
Coronavirus / SARS replication; virus cell biology; emerging viruses in biodefense; synthetic biology

Denton, Jerod, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Anesthesiology and Pharmacology
The major focus of my lab is on developing the molecular pharmacology of inward rectifier potassium channels, and using these tools to explore the integrative physiology and “druggability” of Kir channels in various diseases.

Eichman, Brandt, Ph.D
Professor: Biological Sciences
DNA Transactions at an Atomic Level

Guengerich, Frederick, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Chemistry and enzymology of bioactivation and detoxication of foreign compounds

Iverson, Tina, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pharmacology
Structural basis for molecular recognition

Johnston, Jeffrey, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Synthetic methodology, chemical synthesis

Kim, Daria, Ph.D..
Assistant Professor: Chemistry
To develop new small molecule strategies for effecting precise and site-selective transformations in complex, highly functionalized molecules

Kojetin, Doug, Ph.D..
Associate Professor: Biochemistry
Synthetic methodology, chemical synthesis

Lacy, Borden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology
Host-Pathogen Interactions–Structural biology of bacterial protein toxins and their host interactions

Lannigan, Deborah, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Signaling pathways involved in mammary gland homeostasis and breast cancer

Mchaourab, Hassane, Ph.D.
Professor, Louis B. McGavock Chair: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Structure and dynamic basis for protein function.

McLean, John, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Bioanalytical and biophysical chemistry

Meiler, Jens, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Computational structural biochemistry

Niswender, Colleen
Associate Professor: Pharmacology
Cellular signaling pathways

Merrikh, Houra, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Identification and characterization of the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, and mutagenesis in bacteria

Osheroff, Neil, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Function and biology of DNA topoisomerases

Plate, Lars, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Chemistry
Interrogating how protein interaction networks are dynamically regulated in diverse cellular processes, such as protein quality control or virus infection

Quaranta, Vito, M.D.
Professor: Cancer Biology
Cancer Systems Biology; Cell Adhesion and Migration

Robinson, Renã, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Chemistry
Omics using mass spectrometry techniques

Rosenthal, Sandy, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Nanocrystals, solar cells, and solid-state lighting

Sanders, Charles, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Membrane proteins, disease, Alzheimer’s, cardiac arrhythmias, kidney fibrosis, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, neurodegeneration, neurodegenerative

Schey, Kevin, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Proteomics analysis in development and disease; mass spectrometry technology development

Schneider, Claus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pharmacology
Biochemistry of lipid signaling

Schuppe, Alex, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Chemistry
Synthesis and Modification of Biologically Active Small Molecules

Skaar, Eric, Ph.D., MPH
Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology
The pathogenesis of bacterial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (Staph infections), Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax), and Acinetobacter baumannii (soft tissue infections)

Spraggins, Jeffrey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Cell & Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, & PMI
Advanced imaging mass spectrometry and integrated multimodal molecular imaging technologies

Sulikowski, Gary, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Total synthesis of complex natural products

Townsend, Steven, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Chemistry
Carbohydrate Synthesis Peptide Synthesis Small Molecule Total Synthesis

Walker, Allison, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Biological Sciences & Chemistry
Computational methods for natural product discovery and engineering

Wilson, John T., Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Chemical and Biolmolecular Engineering & Biomedical Engineering
Cure, detect, treat, or prevent myriad disease through the design of novel molecularly engineered materials that interrogate the immune system in defined and specific manners.

Yang, Zhongyue (John), Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Chemistry
Developing an approach to automatically predict function