People

Center for RNA Molecular Biology

Paul Babitzke

Co-Director of the Center for RNA Molecular Biology; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Regulation of gene expression by RNA structure and RNA-binding proteins

Philip Bevilacqua

Co-Director, Center for RNA Molecular Biology; Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
RNA folding in vivo and genome-wide; RNA regulation of gene expression; Ribozyme Mechanism; roles RNA may have played in the emergence of life on early earth

Reyad Elbarbary

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Roles of non-coding RNAs and retrotransposons in musculoskeletal diseases.

Sally Assmann

Waller Professor of Biology
Molecular biology of plant G-proteins and kinases. Phytohormone regulation of signal transduction and RNA processing. Second messenger regulation of ion channels in plant cells.

Michael Axtell

Professor of Biology
Discovery and characterization of plant microRNAs and siRNAs. Functions of microRNAs and siRNAs in the evolution of plant development. Genomics and bioinformatics of microRNAs, siRNAs, and their targets

Paul Babitzke

Co-Director of the Center for RNA Molecular Biology; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Regulation of gene expression by RNA structure and RNA-binding proteins

Squire Booker

Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Elucidating the chemical mechanisms by which enzymes containing iron-sulfur clusters catalyze chemical reactions. Most ongoing projects deal with members of the Radical S-adenosylmethionine Superfamily, a diverse group of enzymes that employ radical chemistry to catalyze transformations involved in post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications, cofactor biosynthesis, secondary metabolite biosynthesis, and enzyme activation.

Joseph Cotruvo

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Biochemistry and chemical biology to uncover and understand new metal and redox biology. We are particularly interested in applications to infectious disease, bioenergy, and cancer biology.

Nikolay Dokholyan

G. Thomas Passananti Professor
We are a translational systems research group in the Pharmacology at the Penn State College of Medicine. Our laboratory focuses on understanding etiologies of human diseases, such as cystic fibrosis (CF), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and pain conditions, such as hyperalgesia.

Kenneth Keiler

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Small RNAs and protein localization in bacterial development and antimicrobial drug discovery.

Andrey Krasilnikov

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Structural biology of RNA and RNA-protein complexes

Scott Lindner

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Our laboratory couples molecular parasitology and structural biology to study the malaria parasite (Plasmodium spp.).

Katsuhiko Murakami

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Structural and Mechanistic Enzymology of Prokaryotic RNA Polymerases

Leslie Parent

Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology

Thomas K Wood

Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering

Andrew Zydney

Director of the Center for Industrial Biotechnology; Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering