LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Welcome to a very exciting time at the Department of Biochemistry. We launched the Institute for Protein Design (IPD) led by David Baker. Assistant Professor Frank DiMaio recently joined the IPD and we are currently searching for another IPD faculty member to work on developing enabling technologies for protein design. We have established a cryo-electron microscopy group by hiring two junior faculty (David Veesler from Scripps Research Institute and Justin Kollman from McGill University) and our new K2 Summit single electron detector is up and running. We are also searching for a new faculty member in molecular cell biology or developmental biology.
Through the generosity of the Washington Research Foundation and the School of Medicine, we recently established the Edmond H. Fischer- Washington Research Foundation Endowed Chair in Biochemistry. This is the second endowed chair in the department, the first being the Zymogenetics – Earl W. Davie Endowed Chair. These endowments recognize not only the past accomplishments of the department, but our promising future.
Our specific research interests are diverse and include neurotransmission, vision, embryonic development, stem cells, protein homeostasis, cell division, tropical diseases and protein design. However, our overall goals are the same: to provide a molecular description of biology using a wide range of molecular approaches from structural analysis to biochemistry to molecular genetics. Simply put, we are all biochemists with a shared desire to understand the chemistry of life.
Thank you for your interest in our department and research.