The Molecular Biophysics Training Program at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
MBTG Faculty

Aleksei Aksimentiev
Theoretical and computational biophysics and nanotechnology; DNA replication and repair; transmembrane transport; synthetic molecular motors
Thomas J. Anastasio
Computational modeling of the molecular and cellular interactions that underlie neurological processes and diseases
Andrew S. Belmont
Chromatin structure and nuclear architecture
William M. Brieher
Dynamics, structure and function of the actin cytoskeleton
Yann R. Chemla
Experimental biological physics, optical tweezers, single-molecule fluorescence, molecular motors, nucleic acid translocases, bacterial motility & chemotaxis
Steve Granick
Single molecule and other experiments in interesting molecular biophysical and materials systems
Claudio F. Grosman
Molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter-gated ion channels
Martin H. Gruebele
Fast protein folding dynamics studied by laser-induced temperature jump experiments and modeling.

Taekjip Ha

Developing and using single-molecule fluorescence microscopy and nano-mechanical manipulation tools for molecular biophysics research.

Paul J. Hergenrother

Using small molecules to identify novel targets for the treatment of disease
Princess I. Imoukhuede
Applies systems biology methods, experimental and computational, to predict the efficacy of angiogenic therapeutics and to identify novel drug targets and treatment schemes
Hyun Joon Kong
Engineering extracellular microenvironments for tissue regeneration and cancer studies
Hong Jin
Pursuit of molecular understanding of translation and its regulation using biochemical, genomic, and biophysical methods with an emphasis on macromolecule crystallography
Mary L. Kraft
Cell membrane organization and function; lipid signaling; high-resolution SIMS imaging of lipid organization in the plasma membrane; single cell Raman microspectroscopy
Deborah E. Leckband
Molecular force movements; structure; proteins; electrostatics; biomembranes
Yi Lu
Role of metal ions in proteins, DNAs and RNAs with enzymatic function; bio nanomaterials
Zaida Luthey-Schulten
Stochastic simulations of cellular processes: from molecules to networks and cells; Function protein:RNA complexes; Systems biology
Susan A. Martinis
Molecular Mechanisms of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases and group I intron splicing; fidelity of protein synthesis
Eric Oldfield
Protein structure determination; design of novel drug molecules to kill parasitic protozoa causing malaria, sleeping sickness & opportunistic infections of immunocompromised individuals
Chad M. Rienstra
NMR spectroscopy and computational methods for structure determination of proteins, membranes and drug molecules; applications to neurodegeneration, blood coagulation, and infectious diseases
Charles M. Schroeder
Development of new tools for single molecule studies, including super-resolution imaging, bio-inspired materials, microfluidic trapping, and single cell dynamics
Klaus J. Schulten
Structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell; development of new algorithms and efficient computing tools for structural biology
Paul R. Selvin
Use of novel forms of fluorescence, at both single-molecule and ensemble levels, to study molecular motors, nerves, ion channels, and other biomolecules
Scott K. Silverman
DNA as a catalyst (enzyme)
Stephen G. Sligar
Structure-function relationships in protein and nucleic acid systems
Emadeddin Tajkhorshid
Computational studies of transport of molecules across biological membrane; simulation of membranes and membrane proteins; structure-function studies of membrane channels and transporters
Wilfred A. van der Donk
Enzymology, natural product biosynthesis
Colin A. Wraight
Electron and proton transfer in proteins and across membranes; photosynthetic energy transduction; biological redox cofactors; molecular engineering of ligand-protein interactions
Huimin Zhao
Synthetic biology, systems biology, protein engineering, metabolic engineering, biocatalysis, biosynthesis