About Jesse

Jesse Zalatan
Bagley Hall 421
(206) 543-1670
zalatan@chem.washington.edu
  • Assistant Professor ¦ 
Department of Chemistry ¦ 
University of Washington
  • Faculty ¦ 
Center for Synthetic Biology ¦ 
University of Washington
  • Faculty ¦ 
Biological Physics, Structure and Design Program ¦ 
University of Washington
  • Faculty ¦ 
Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute ¦ 
University of Washington

Jesse received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University, where he worked with Daniel Herschlag and addressed questions surrounding mechanism and evolution in enzyme-catalyzed phosphoryl transfer reactions. He performed postdoctoral research with Wendell Lim at the University of California at San Francisco, where he studied mechanisms for controlling specificity in cell signaling networks.

Jesse's work currently focuses on the molecular mechanisms that allow living cells to efficiently process, integrate, and coordinate signals. He uses approaches ranging from mechanistic enzymology to synthetic biology to explore the physical organizing principles of biological networks.

Education: 

Postdoctoral Fellow ¦ 
University of California, San Francisco ¦ 
Advisor: Wendell Lim ¦ 
2008–2014
Ph.D. ¦ 
Chemistry ¦ 
Stanford University ¦ 
Advisor: Daniel Herschlag ¦ 
2002–2008
A.B. ¦ 
Biochemical Sciences ¦ 
Harvard University ¦ 
1998–2002

Awards: 

Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface ¦ 
2012–present
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship ¦ 
2009–2011
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship ¦ 
2002–2007