University of Washington
Graduate Training in Molecular Biophysics


The Program

The University of Washington is an outstanding environment for training and research in modern molecular biophysics, with excellent resources in protein crystallography, NMR and EPR, optical spectroscopy including pulsed and continuous lasers, and computer simulations and molecular modeling. NMR facilities include five 500 MHz spectrometers and a 750 MHz spectrometer. X-ray facilities include two rotating anodes and two area detectors.

Graduate training in Biophysics at UW involves 32 faculty in eight departments: Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biological Structure, Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physics, and Physiology & Biophysics. The participating research groups include approximately 75 graduate students and a large number of postdoctoral research associates. One of the aims of the training program is to provide complementary expertise and opportunities for interdisciplinary training of students, so that, for example, students with physics backgrounds may get training in biochemistry. Training in Molecular Biophysics at UW occurs within a rich environment for consultation and collaboration among members of the program and collaborating laboratories throughout the School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Pharmacy, and College of Engineering, all located on one campus, and the nearby Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Graduate training in Molecular Biophysics is funded in part by a grant from the NIH, which provides financial support for 12-13 students on a competitive basis; sponsors a regular series of seminars by students, faculty, and guest speakers; organizes workshops, discussions and other interdisciplinary activities of interest to the participants; and advises students on academic matters.

Students interested in the graduate training in Molecular Biophysics must first gain admission to one of the participating departments. Applicants should identify and apply to the department(s) that most closely fit their interests.

Participating Faculty

Niels Andersen (Chemistry)
peptide/protein NMR
David Baker (Biochemistry)
protein folding
John Clark (Biological Structure)
ransparent cell & tissue structure
Valerie Daggett (Medicinal Chemistry)
protein folding; molecular dynamics
Gary Drobny (Chemistry)
proteins & nucleic acids; NMR
Michael Gelb (Chemistry/Biochem.)
enzyme mechanisms
Wim Hol (Biol. Struct./Biochem.)
rational drug design; protein crystallography
Rachel Klevit (Biochem./Chem.)
protein-protein & protein-DNA interactions; NMR
Ethan Merritt (Biological Structure)
toxins; protein crystallography
William Parson (Biochemistry)
fast spectroscopy of photosynthetic proteins
Gerald Pollack (Bioengineering)
molecular mechanism of muscle contraction
Bruce Robinson (Chemistry)
dynamics of DNA; EPR
Michael Schurr (Chemistry)
dynamics of DNA; laser light scattering
Patrick Stayton (Bioengineering)
molecular recognition; protein design
Ronald Stenkamp (Biol. Struct./Biochem.)
protein crystallography
Barry Stoddard (FHCRC/Biochem.)
signal transduction; protein crystallography
Daniel Storm (Pharmacology)
mechanisms of cell regulation
Roland Strong (FHCRC/Immunology)
immunological proteins; protein crystallography
David Teller (Biochemistry)
blood coagulation factors; protein crystallography
Pedro Verdugo (Bioengineering)
control of secretory and ciliary activity
Wenqing Xu (Biological Structure)
Protein kinases /protein crystallography
Ning Zheng (Pharmacology)
Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases /protein crystallography; biochemical analyses

For further information contact:


	Molecular Biophysics Training Program
	Attn: Kelley Riek
	University of Washington
	Seattle WA 98195

	or Email:  kelleyp@u.washington.edu

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DEPARTMENT OF INTEREST
(circle at least one):
	Biochemistry
	Bioengineering
	Biological Structure
	Chemistry
	Medicinal Chemistry
	Pharmacology
	Physics
	Physiology & Biophysics