People

Below are our Professor Emeriti, Tenured And Tenure Track Faculty, Joint Appointments, Adjunct Appointments, Research Faculty, and Lecturers grouped by designation. To see the Department’s full faculty directory listed alphabetically, please visit our Biology Faculty (Alphabetical) page.

  • Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty

  • Karen Beemon

    Professor

    PhD, University of California, Berkeley
    • 410-516-7289 | Lab 410-516-8236
    • klb@jhu.edu
    • 20A Biology East
    • Research Interests: Role of TERT and microRNAs in oncogenesis, retroviral RNA stability
  • Xin Chen

    Associate Professor

    PhD, University of Texas at Austin
    • 410-516-4576 | Lab 410-516-6543
    • xchen32@jhu.edu
    • 137 Levi Hall
    • Research Interests: Epigenetic regulation of Drosophila germ cell differentiation from a stem cell lineage
  • Kyle Cunningham

    Professor

    PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
    • 410-516-7844 |Lab 410-516-6638
    • kwc@jhu.edu
    • 203 Bio East
    • Research Interests: Mechanisms of calcium signaling and cell death
  • Ernesto Freire

    Henry Walters Professor

    PhD, University of Virginia
    • 410-516-7743 | Lab 410-516-7742
    • ef@jhu.edu
    • 114A Biology East
    • Research Interests: Structure-based thermodynamics of molecular recognition and function
  • Andrew Gordus

    Assistant Professor

    • 410-516-6509
    • agordus@jhu.edu
    • 206 Biology East
    • Group/Lab Website
    • Research Interests: Understanding how novel and innate behaviors are encoded at the cellular and genetic level
  • Rachel Green

    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

  • Carol Greider

    Daniel Nathans Professor & Director Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

    PhD, University of California, Berkeley
    • 410-614-6506
    • cgreider@jhmi.edu
    • 725 N. Wolfe Street |office 603 PCTB
    • Research Interests: Telomeres, telomerase, cancer and age-related disease
  • Edward Hedgecock

    Professor

    PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Lab 410-516-8381
    • ehedgec1@jhu.edu
    • 16 Biology East
    • Research Interests: Developmental genetics of the nervous system of Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Vincent Hilser

    Professor and Chair

    PhD, Johns Hopkins University
    • 410-516-4693 | Lab 410-516-6757
    • hilser@jhu.edu
    • Mudd 123
    • Group/Lab Website
    • Research Interests: protein conformational fluctuations and their role in function, adaptation and disease
  • M. Andrew Hoyt

    Professor

    PhD, University of California, Berkeley
    • 410-516-7299 |Lab 410-516-7293
    • hoyt@jhu.edu
    • Mudd 206
    • Research Interests: Yeast chromosome segregation with emphasis on mitotic motor proteins; cell cycle regulation
  • Robert Johnston

    Assistant Professor

    PhD, Columbia University
    • 410-516-4954
    • robertjohnston@jhu.edu
    • 309 Mudd Hall
    • Research Interests: Stochastic gene expression and nuclear architecture in fly eyes and human retinal organoids
  • Christian Kaiser

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. rer. nat. (PhD), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich; Germany Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
    • 410-516-4486
    • kaiser@jhu.edu
    • 205 Biology East
    • Research Interests: Single-molecule biochemistry studies of the machines and processes in protein translation, translocation, and folding
  • John Kim

    Associate Professor

    • 410-516-3286 | Lab 410-516-3463
    • jnkim@jhu.edu
    • 389 UTL
    • Group/Lab Website
    • Research Interests: Deciphering the biological function of microRNAs and other small RNAs expressed in the genome
  • Yumi Kim

    Assistant Professor

  • Rejji Kuruvilla

    Professor

    PhD, University of Houston
  • Young-Sam Lee

    Assistant Professor

    PhD, University of Chicago
    • 410-516-4147
    • ylee99@jhu.edu
    • 207 Biology East | Lab 209C Biology East
    • Group/Lab Website
    • Research Interests: Mechanism of nutritional signaling and homeostasis
  • Rajiv McCoy

    Assistant Professor

    PhD (2015), Stanford University
  • Evangelos Moudrianakis

    Professor

    PhD, Johns Hopkins University
    • 410-516-7305 | Lab 410-516-7303
    • vanm@jhu.edu
    • 20 B Bio East
    • Research Interests: Assembly and dynamics of nucleoproteins and chromosomes; bacterial and chloroplast bioenergetics
  • Ulrich Mueller

    Ulrich Mueller

    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

  • Michael Schatz

    Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Computer Science and Biology

    • (410) 516-5765
    • mschatz@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: My research interests are Genome sequencing, Comparative Genomics, Single Cell and Single Molecule Biology, Bioinformatics
  • Joel Schildbach

    Professor; KSAS Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education

    PhD, Harvard University
    • 410-516-5966
    • joel@jhu.edu
    • UTL 379
    • Research Interests: Structural biology of bacterial conjugation
  • Robert Schleif

    Professor

    PhD, University of California, Berkeley
    • 410-516-5206
    • schleif@jhu.edu
    • 239 Mudd Hall
    • Research Interests: Protein-DNA interactions and regulation of gene activity
  • Trina Schroer

    Professor

    PhD, University of California, San Francisco
    • 410-516-5373 | Lab 410-516-5374
    • schroer@jhu.edu
    • 203 Biology East
    • Research Interests: Microtubule-based motor proteins and their roles in cellular architecture
  • James Taylor

    Ralph S. O'Connor Associate Professor of Biology and Associate Professor of Computer Science

    PhD, Penn State University
    • 410-516-0152
    • jxtx@jhu.edu
    • 391 UTL
    • Group/Lab Website
    • Research Interests: Regulation of transcription, chromatin structure, computational genomics and bioinformatics
  • Tatjana Trcek

    Assistant Professor

  • Mark Van Doren

    Professor

    PhD, University of California, San Diego
  • Beverly Wendland

    James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
    Professor

    PhD, Stanford University
    • 410-516-4065
    • bwendland@jhu.edu
    • 381 UTL
    • Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of endocytosis in yeast and mammalian cells
  • Carl Wu

    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

    • 410-516-7496
    • wuc@jhu.edu
    • 387 UTL
    • Research Interests: Eukaryotic chromatin structure and function. Biochemistry of nucleosome remodeling and gene transcription, and live cell-single molecule imaging of histone and nuclear protein dynamics
  • Haiqing Zhao

    Professor

    PhD, Yale University
    • 410-516-7391 | Lab 410-516-7641
    • hzhao@jhu.edu
    • 226 Mudd Hall
    • Research Interests: Function and development of olfactory sensory neurons
  • Joint Appointments

  • Douglas Barrick

    Associate Professor, Department of Biophysics

    • 410-516-0409
    • barrick@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Determination of an atomic-level description of structure and function in proteins
  • Gregory Bowman

    Associate Professor, Department of Biophysics

    • 410-516-7850
    • gdbowman@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Chromatin structure and nucleosome remodeling
  • Karen Fleming

    Professor, Department of Biophysics

    • 410-554-1244
    • karen.fleming@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Structure, energetics and folding of membrane proteins
  • Bertrand E. Garcia-Moreno

    Professor, Department of Biophysics

    • 410-516-4497
    • bertrand@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Biophysical chemistry of regulatory interactions in proteins, nucleic acids, and their assemblies
  • Alfredo Kirkwood

    Professor, Department of Neuroscience (School of Medicine)

  • Lynn Johnson Langer

    Director of Regulatory Science and Enterprise Programs, Advanced Academic Programs

  • Juliette Lecomte

    Professor, Department of Biophysics

    • 410-516-7019
    • juliette@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: NMR spectroscopy and protein structure
  • Hey-Kyoung Lee

    Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

    • 410-516-5712
    • heykyounglee@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity underlying memory formation
  • Kristina Obom

    Director of the Center for Biotechnology Education and the Program Director for the Master of Science in Bioinformatics and for the Master of Science in Biotechnology program, Advanced Academic Programs

  • Steven Rokita

    Professor, Department of Chemistry

    • 410-516-5793
    • rokita@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Mechanistic and structural studies of enzymes, reversible but covalent reactivity of nucleic acids
  • Nilabh Shastri

    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
    Professor, Department of Pathology

  • Craig A. Townsend

    Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Sarah Woodson

    Professor, Department of Biophysics

    • 410-516-2015
    • swoodson@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Determination of three-dimensional folding of RNA
  • Adjunct Appointments

  • Alex Bortvin

    Staff member, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biology

    • 410-246-3034
    • bortvin@ciwemb@edu
    • Research Interests: Genetic and epigenetic controls of germ cell development and function in vertebrates
  • Donald Brown

    Staff member, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

  • Orna Cohen-Fix

    Senior Investigator, The Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology, NIDDK, NIK
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

  • Victor Corces

    Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Biology, Emory University
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

    • 404-727-4250
    • vcorces@emory.edu
    • Research Interests: Genetics, cell and developmental biology
  • Chen-Ming Fan

    Staff Member, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

    • 410-246-3022
    • fan@ciwemb@edu
    • Research Interests: Molecular patterning and embryonic induction during mouse early development
  • Steven Farber

    Staff Member, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Biology

    • 410-246-3072
    • farber@ciwemb.edu
    • Research Interests: Visualization of lipid metabolism and signaling in the zebrafish
  • Joseph Gall

    Staff Member, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

    • 410-246-3018
    • gall@ciwemb@edu
    • Research Interests: Chromosome structure and function; nucleic acids in development
  • Marnie Halpern

    Staff Member, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

    • 410-246-3018
    • Research Interests: Zebra fish neural development
  • Nicholas Ingolia

    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, UC Berkeley
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biology

  • Michael Lichten

    Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute,NIH
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

  • Christopher Ruff

    Professor, Center for Functional Anatomy & Evolution, School of Medicine
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

  • George Scangos

    CEO & Director, Vir
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

  • Robert Siliciano

    Professor, School of Medicine
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

  • Allan Spradling

    Director, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

  • Yixian Zheng

    Staff Member, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Adjunct Professor, Biology

    • 410-246-3032
    • zheng@ciwemb.edu
    • Research Interests: Mechanisms of cell division and genome organization in development, homeostasis, and aging
  • Research Faculty

  • Maurice J. Bessman

    Research Professor and Professor Emeritus

    • 410-516-7776
    • zoot@jhu.edu
    • 18 Biology East
    • Research Interests: Metabolism of nucleotides and nucleic acids; proteomics
  • Ludwig Brand

    Academy Professor and Professor Emeritus

    • ludwig.brand@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Conformation and activity of biological macromolecules with emphasis on applications of fluorescence techniques
  • Jocelyne DiRuggiero

    Associate Research Professor

    • 410-516-8498 |Lab 410-516-7744
    • jdiruggiero@jhu.edu
    • 235B Levi Hall
    • Group/Lab Website
    • Research Interests: Molecular microbial ecology of extremophiles; molecular mechanisms of stress response
  • Cristina Gil Sanz

    Assistant Research Professor

  • Ru Chih Huang

    McElroy Honorary Research Professor

    • 410-516-5181 |Lab 410-516-7314
    • rhuang@jhu.edu
    • 250 Levi Hall
    • Research Interests: Gene regulation, molecular virology, retrotransposition, and chromosomal structure and function
  • Yuan Chuan Lee

    Academy Professor and Research Professor

    • 410-516-7322
    • yclee@jhu.edu
    • Levi 141 A
    • Research Interests: Glycobiology, glycotechnology, and glyconanotechnology
  • Michael McCaffery

    Director, Integrated Imaging Center
    Research Professor, Biology

  • Richard McCarty

    Professor Emeritus

    • 410-516-5356
    • rem1@jhu.edu
    • Research Interests: Structure, mechanism, and regulation of the chloroplast ATP synthase; chloroplast metabolite transport
  • Peter Privalov

    Research Professor

    • 410-516-6532 | Lab 410-516-6037
    • privalov@jhu.edu
    • 129A Levi
    • Research Interests: Physical basis of the structure of biological molecules and their complexes
  • Lecturers

  • Anna Coppola

    Lecturer

    Ph.D. in Pharmacology (2005), University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Italy. B.Sc. Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (2001), University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Italy.
    • anna.coppola@jhu.edu
    • 36B Levi
    • Research Interests: Effect of dietary nutrients on metabolic regulatory mechanisms, with particular emphasis on the role of proteins and amino acids in the development of behavioral and metabolic diseases.
  • Emily Fisher

    Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Teaching Professor

    PhD. in Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008); B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California Santa Cruz (2000)
    • 410-516-8044
    • efishe21@jhu.edu
    • 181 UTL
    • Research Interests: How and with whom students work to learn biology. Development of effective teaching practices in science communication.
  • Robert Horner

    Robert Horner

    Senior Lecturer

    PhD, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Carolyn Norris

    Senior Lecturer

    PhD, University of Wisconsin
  • Rebecca Pearlman

    Senior Lecturer

    PhD., University of Wisconsin; B.S. Hons., University of Michigan
    • (410) 516-5479
    • pearlman@jhu.edu
    • 281 UTL
    • Research Interests: Innovations in Undergraduate Biology Education
  • Christov Roberson

    Lecturer

  • Richard Shingles

    Lecturer

    PhD, University of Guelph; B. Ed., University of Toronto
    • 410-516-4679
    • shingles@jhu.edu
    • 281 UTL
    • Research Interests: Membrane biochemistry, Membrane transport mechanisms, Stopped-flow fluorescence
  • Katie Tifft

    Senior Lecturer; Assistant Director, Molecular and Cellular Biology Master's Program

  • Professor Emeriti

  • Michael Edidin

    Professor Emeritus

  • Douglas M. Fambrough

    Professor Emeritus

  • Allen Shearn

    Professor Emeritus

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