Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program Faculty

The Molecular Biophysics (MOB) Graduate Program faculty are an interdisciplinary group of chemists, biologists, mathematicians, physicists, and engineers. Nine of these faculty members are housed in the Kasha Laboratory Building (KLB), the home of the Institute of Molecular Biophysics. Others have labs located in the other buildings that comprise the science area of campus. However, all are available (unless noted) to serve as major professors for MOB students and all work on some aspect of Biophysics research. Below you will find a short description of the MOB faculty research and links to their homepages.

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MOB Affiliated Faculty  | Professor Emeriti |

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Hank Bass, Associate Professor of Biological Science; PhD, North Carolina State University, 1992. Chromosome structure; telomere dynamics: fluorescence in situ hybridization. Located in King Bldg.

Richard Bertram, Professor of Mathematics; PhD, Florida State University, 1993.  Computational structural biology, neuroscience and physiology. Located in KLB.

Michael Blaber, Professor of Biomedical Sciences; PhD., University of California at Irvine,1990. Protein engineering and design; serine proteases. Located in College of Medicine.

Christian Bleiholder, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; PhD, Heidelberg University, 2007. Structures and interactions of macromolecules by ion mobility / mass spectrometry. Located in Dittmer Chemistry Lab.

P. Bryant Chase, Professor of Biological Science; PhD., University of Southern California, 1984. Cellular and molecular biomechanics of cardiac and skeletal muscle. Located in Bio Unit 1.

Timothy A. Cross, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and NMR Program Director at National High Magnetic Field Lab; PhD., Pennsylvania, 1981. Structure and dynamics of membrane proteins; solid state NMR spectroscopy. Located in Chemical Sciences Bldg and NHMFL

Jonathan Dennis, Assistant Professor of Biological Science; PhD., University College London, 2001. Located in King Bldg.

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Debra A. Fadool, Professor of Biological Science; PhD., University of Florida, 1993. Biophysics of ion channels and metabolic disorders. Located in King Bldg.

Piotr G. Fajer, Professor of Biological Science and Director, Institute of Molecular Biophysics, PhD., Leeds (England), 1983. Biophysics of motor proteins; EPR spectroscopy. Located in KLB.

Samuel C.Grant, Associate Professor of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, PhD., Univ Illinois, 2001. High magnetic field imaging & spectroscopy of neurological and muscular degeneration in acute and chronic pathology. Located in College of Engineering.

Jamila I. Horabin, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, PhD. Duke, 1987. Long non-coding RNAs and RNA silencing in Drosophila sex determination. Located in College of Medicine.

Yoichi Kato, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, PhD., Nagoya City Univ Med School (Japan), 1997. Signal transduction and development: the Notch signaling pathway. Located in College of Medicine.

Laura Keller, Associate Professor of Biological Science; PhD. University of Virginia, 1980. Eukaryotic gene regulations; signal transduction. Located in Biological Research Facility.

Thomas Keller, Associate Professor of Biological Science; PhD. University of Virginia, 1981. Cytoskeletal function; cell interaction with biocompatible artificial surfaces. Located in Biological Research Facility.

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Steven Lenhert, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, PhD., (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Münster, 2004. Lipid nanotechnology in biosensing and drug delivery. Located in Bio Unit 1.

Yan Li, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. PhD .Ohio State University, 2002. Stem cell technology and engineering; Tissue engineering and biomaterials; Cell processing and bioprocessing. Located in College of Engineering

Hong Li, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Director, Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program (MOB), PhD., Rochester, 1994. Structural mechanisms of gene expression and regulation; protein-RNA interactions. Located in KLB.

Timothy M. Logan, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Chair of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, PhD., University of Chicago, 1991. Metabolism; Metabolomics Located in KLB and Chemical Sciences Laboratory.

Teng Ma, Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering; PhD., Ohio State University, 1999. Cell and tissue engineering of stem cells. Located in College of Engineering.

Michael Mascagni, Professor of Computer Science, PhD., New York University, 1987. Stochastic computing; applications of Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo algorithms in materials science, biochemistry, and physics; and the creation of computational infrastructure to support effective stochastic computing. Located in the Love Building.

Alan G. Marshall, Professor of Chemistry; PhD., Stanford, 1970. Proteomics; protein complexes; lipidomics; Fourier transform ion cycoltron resonance mass spectrometry. Located in Chemical Sciences Bldg and NHMFL.

Brian Miller, Associate Professor of Chemistry; PhD., Univ North Carolina, 2001. Enzymology, substrate ambiguity and enzyme evolution. Located in Chemical Sciences Laboratory.

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Amy Q.X. Sang, Professor of Chemistry; PhD., Georgetown University, 1990. Cancer and stem cell biomarker; drug discovery; obesity research. Located in Chemical Sciences Laboratory.

Scott Stagg, Associate Professor of Chemistry; PhD., University of Alabama, Birmingham, 2001. Cryo-electron microscopy studies of the structure of COPII coated vesicles. Located in KLB.

Branko Stefanovic, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences; PhD. Molecular mechanisms for regulating RNA stability; collagen synthesis. Located in College of Medicine.

Oliver Steinbock, Professor of Chemistry; PhD., Georg-August University Göttingen (Germany), 1993. Complex and chaotic reaction networks and mechanisms. Located in Chemical Sciences Laboratory.

M. Elizabeth Stroupe, Assistant Professor of Biological Science; PhD., Scripps, 2002. Exploring the structure and function of macromolecular machines involved in nuclear processes. Located in KLB.

Geoffrey F. Strouse, Professor of Chemistry; PhD., Univ North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1993. Nanotechnology; optical spectroscopy. Located in Chemical Sciences Laboratory.

Kenneth A. Taylor, Professor of Biological Science; PhD., University of California at Berkeley, 1975. Muscle contraction; 3D electron microscopy and reconstruction methods. Located in KLB.

Robert J. Tomko Jr., Professor of Biomedical Sciences; PhD., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2008. Assembly and function of the proteasome; multisubunit complexes; protein degradation; drug discovery targeted at multiprotein machines. Located in College of Medicine.

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Wei Yang, Professor of Chemistry; PhD., SUNY Stony Brook, 2001. Simulation and modeling of complex biological phenomena.  Located in KLB.

Hong-Guo Yu, Associate Professor of Biological Science; PhD., University of Georgia, 2000. Mechanisms of chromosome segregation and cell differentiation. Located in Bio Unit 1.

Huan-Xiang Zhou, Professor of Physics; PhD., Drexel, 1988. Computation and experimentation on protein association, ion channels and macromolecular crowding.  Located in KLB.

Yi Zhou, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences; PhD., U. Minnesota, 1994. Ion channel regulation; neurological disorders. Located in College of Medicine.

Fanxiu Zhu, Associate Professor of Biological Science; PhD., Wuhan University (China), 1995. Tumor virology; viral immune evasion; tegument of herpesviruses. Located in Bio Unit 1.

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Affiliated Faculty may mentor students as co-advisors with MOB Faculty

David M. Gilbert, Professor of Biological Science; PhD. Stanford University, 1989. Mammalian replication origins; nuclear organization and stem cell commitment. Located in King Building.

Cathy W. Levenson, Professor of Biomedical Science & Neuroscience; PhD. University of Chicago, 1993. Metabolism of metals in eukaryotes; metal toxicity. Located in College of Medicine.

James M. Olcese, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences; PhD., Marquette University. Circadian physiology; neuroendocrinology; sleep disorders. Located in College of Medicine.

Hengli Tang, Associate Professor of Biological Science; PhD., University of California San Diego, 1998. Virus-host cell interactions; cellular cofactors in HIV and HCV infection. Located in King Building.

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Donald L.D. Caspar, Professor Emeritus of Biological Science; PhD., Yale, 1955; Member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Penny Gilmer,  Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.

Kenneth H. Roux, Professor Emeritus of Biological Science; PhD., Tulane, 1974. Molecular immunology; structural analysis of antibodies, antigens and immune complexes; immunochemistry.

Thomas M. Roberts, , Professor Emeritus of Biological Science; PhD., Notre Dame, 1976. Molecular mechanisms involved in amoeboid movement.

De Witt L. Sumners, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Lawton Distinguished Professor; PhD., University of Cambridge (England), 1967. Application of geometry and topology to molecular biology.

 

MOB Links

HongLi - CopyMOB Graduate Program Director
Dr. Hong Li
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

For more information contact:
MOB Graduate Program Coordinator
  mob@sb.fsu.edu