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Primary Investigator Track Faculty

Primary Faculty

Manuel Ascano, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Director of Graduate Studies for Biochemistry
Dean Faculty Fellow

DNA/RNA detection & regulation in innate immunity & viral pathogenesis

Breann Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry

Structural biology & protein assembly

Richard M. Caprioli, Ph.D.

Stanford Moore Professor of Biochemistry
Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology & Chemistry
Director, Mass Spectrometry Research Center

Molecular Imaging of Tissue by Mass Spectrometry

Bruce D. Carter, Ph.D.

Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

Neurotrophin signaling, glia-mediated phagocytosis & Schwann cell biology

Walter J. Chazin, Ph.D.

Chancellor's Chair in Medicine
Professor of Biochemistry & Chemistry
Director, Chemical & Physical Biology PhD Program
Director, Molecular Biophysics Training Program

Structural cell biology

David K. Cortez, Ph.D.

Chair of Biochemistry Department
Richard N. Armstrong Ph.D. Chair for Innovation in Biochemistry
Professor of Biochemistry
Associate Director for Basic Science Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Genome maintenance by the DNA damage response

Cortez Lab Website

James M. Dewar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Termination of DNA synthesis, DNA replication & repair

Martin Egli, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry

Structural biology of circadian clocks, nucleic acids & DNA polymerases

Stephen W. Fesik, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry & Pharmacology & Chemistry
Orrin H. Ingram II Chair in Cancer Research
Tadashi Inagami Chair in Biochemistry

Fragment and structure based drug discovery

Andrew Folkmann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry

Molecular mechanics of cellular compartmentalization

F. Peter Guengerich, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry
Tadashi Inagami Chair in Biochemistry

Chemistry/enzymology of bioactivation & detoxication of foreign compounds

Scott W. Hiebert, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry
Associate Professor of Medicine
Hortense B. Ingram Chair in Cancer Research

Oncogenic transcription factors, chemical-genetics, nascent transcription, genomics, proteomics

Emily Hodges, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt Genetics Institute

Epigenetics, gene regulation

Coming Soon! Doug Kojetin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biochemistry

    John Kuriyan, Ph.D.

    Dean, School of Medicine Basic Sciences
    Professor, Department of Biochemistry

    Lawrence J. Marnett, Ph.D.

    Dean of Basic Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research
    University Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry
    Professor of Pharmacology

    Oxidative lipid metabolism in inflammation & cancer

    Houra Merrikh, Ph.D.

    Professor, Biochemistry, PMI, VI4

    DNA Replication, mutagenesis, & evolution

    Neil Osheroff, Ph.D.

    Professor of Biochemistry
    Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology)
    John G. Coniglio Chair in Biochemistry
    Past-Director, Academy for Excellence in Education
    Co-Leader, Foundations of Medical Knowledge Phase

    Topoisomerase function and the mechanism of anticancer & antibacterial agents

    Jennifer A. Pietenpol, Ph.D.

    Executive Vice President for Research, VUMC
    Director, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
    Brock Family Directorship in Career Development
    B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology
    Professor of Biochemistry & Otolaryngology

    Triple negative breast cancer & p53 family proteins

    Vito Quaranta, M.D.

    Professor, Biochemistry & Pharmacology
    Director, Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program

    Systems-level models of cancer drug response & transcription factor networks

    Yi Ren, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

    Structural biology of mRNA nuclear export & viral exploitation

    Charles R. Sanders, Ph.D.

    Professor of Biochemistry & Medicine
    Vice Dean of Basic Sciences
    Associate Dean for Research
    Aileen M. Lange & Annie Mary Lyle Chair, Cardiovascular Research

    Structural & chemical biology of disease-related membrane proteins


    Kevin L. Schey, Ph.D.

    Professor, Biochemistry, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
    Director of Core Facilities, Mass Spectrometry Research Center

    Proteomics analysis in development and disease; mass spectrometry technology development

    Will Wan, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
    Member, Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology

    Structural biology in near-native states, viral structure & assembly


    John D. York

    Professor of Biochemistry

    Cell signaling, Inositol