College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Core Faculty

Assistant Professor

Research: Biomolecular modeling, cellular signaling and computer-aided drug design

Joanna Slusky
Associate Professor

Research: Exploring membrane protein folding through protein design, bioinformatics, and molecular biology.

Ilya Vakser
Director, Professor

Research: ​Molecular Recognition in Structural Bioinformatics


Research Faculty

Petras Kundrotas
Assistant Research Professor


Affiliate Faculty

Brian Ackley
Associate Professor
5004 Haworth Hall, Room 5004

Research: Interaction between neurons and their environment.

Zarko Boskovic
Assistant Professor
(805) 284-3599
Kyle Camarda
Associate Professor
4154 Learned Hall, Room 4154

Research: High-performance computing for design of new biological agents.

Roberto De Guzman
4023 Haworth Hall, Room 4023

Research: Structural studies of protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions in bacterial and viral pathogenesis.

Susan Egan
Professor, Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences
8031 Haworth Hall, Room 8031

Research: Molecular mechanisms of bacterial transcription activation; AraC family proteins.

Christopher Fischer
Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Director of Engineering Physics Program
2056A Malott Hall, Room 2056A

Research: Kinetics and the thermodynamics of protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions.

Ryan Funk
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
4073 HLSIC

Research:  Pediatrics, Clinical Pharmacology, Rheumatology

Robert Hanzlik
1084 Structural Biology Center

Research: Medicinal Chemistry. Identification and proteomic analysis of target proteins in relation to cytotoxicity of chemically reactive metabolites. Mechanistic studies of cytochrome P450 family enzymes.

Leslie Heckert
Professor, Marion M. Osborn Professor for Reproductive Sciences

Research: Molecular mechanisms that regulate cellular differentiation and organ development of the reproductive system.

P. Scott Hefty
8051 Haworth Hall, Room 8051

Research: Mechanisms of developmental gene regulation and pathogenesis for Chlamydia.

Krzysztof Kuczera
5090 Malott Hall, Room 5090

Research: Methods of modern computational chemistry to study structure, dynamics and thermodynamics of complex molecular systems.

Erik Lundquist
Professor, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
5049 Haworth Hall, Room 5049

Research: Molecular signaling events that underlie cellular morphogenesis.

Stuart Macdonald
Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences
4043 Haworth Hall, Room 4043

Research: Genetics of complex traits, Genome biology, Drosophila quantitative genetics.

Russ Middaugh
Distinguished Professor
320 Multidisciplinary Research Building, Room 320

Research: Stability of peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, macromolecular assemblies, virus like particles, viruses and bacteria that are of pharmaceutical interest

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
503 Snow Hall, Room 503

Research: Stochastic adaptive control and Mathematics and Science education.

Christian Schoneich
Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Dept. Chair - Pharmaceutical Chemistry
236C Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories, Room 236C

Research: Oxidative post-translational modification of proteins in vitro and in vivo.

Peter Smith
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine, Wineinger Endowed Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Research: Nerve regulation in a variety of systems including the cardiovascular system, eye, skin, and reproductive tract.

Barbara Timmermann
University Distinguished Professor, Department Chair - Medicinal Chemistry
Shankel Structural Biology Center, Room 1085

Research: Natural products at chemistry-biology interface.

Associate Professor
Haworth Hall, Room 4055

Research: Evolutionary genetics and genomics of insect immune defense.

Assistant Professor

Research:  Metagenomics, cancer genomics, non-coding RNA function and structures, machine learning, and algorithms and data structures

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