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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
Natalie Overall Warren Chair in Biochemistry
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

Neurotrophin signaling, glia-mediated phagocytosis & Schwann cell biology

Walter J. Chazin, Ph.D.

Chancellor's Chair in Medicine
Senior Associate Dean, Biomedical Research Education & Training (BRET)
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

Douglas Kojetin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Center for Structural Biology
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology

John Kuriyan, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Medicine Basic Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
Mary Geddes Stahlman Chair

Lawrence J. Marnett, Ph.D.

Dean Emeritus, Basic Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
University Distinguished Professor
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.

Professor of Biochemistry
Ingram Professor of Cancer Research
Brock Family Directorship in Career Development
Executive Vice President for Research
Chief Scientific and Strategy Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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
Stevenson Chair in Biochemistry
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