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Research Overview

Chemical Biology is an emerging field which combines the synthetic methods of chemistry and quantitative approach physics to understand and manipulate biological systems. The chemical biology focus area in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas is aimed at providing a strong skillset to students by tailoring the research experience and coursework and leveraging the collaborative research opportunities across departments including the Department of Chemistry, Molecular Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.

The Chemical Biology Program Offers Students:

  • A unique training experience that is tailored to the individual research interests
  • Strong, collaborative, community of research faculty which are leading members of their fields
  • Interdisciplinary, collaborative research experiences involving multiple labs
  • State-of-the-art instrumentation and research facilities

Chemical Biology Research Areas

Bioanalytical Chemistry
Biocatalysis Bioelectrochemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Biomaterials
Bioorganic Chemistry
Biophysical Chemistry
Biosensors
Biosynthesis
Computational Biology
Drug Discovery & Syntheses
Natural Products
Diagnostics
Imaging
Spectroscopy
Enzymology
Structural Biology
Medicinal & Chemical Biology

In addition, our program offers tailored courses to provide students with a strong foundation. These include:

Advanced Chemical Biology
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Molecular Biophysics
Chemical & Synthetic Biology
Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
Molecular Sensors and Nanodevices
Bioinformatics
Biomedical imaging
Bionanotechnology
Chemical and Synthetic Biology
Drug Discovery and Development
The Structure and Function of DNA Materials


Chemical Biology

ANSLYN, ERIC V
Eric V Anslyn
Professor
Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry | Distinguished Teaching Professor
Accepting Graduate Students
512-471-0068
NHB 5.114A
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Belardi, Brian
Brian Belardi
Assistant Professor
Synthetic Biology, Chemical Biology, and Biophysics of Biological Barriers
Accepting Graduate Students
Brenna, J. Thomas
J. Thomas Brenna
Professor of Pediatrics
Analytical chemistry, Biological chemistry
Accepting Graduate Students
512-495-5249
DPI 2.840
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BRODBELT, JENNIFER S
Jennifer S Brodbelt
Department Chair, Chemistry, Professor
Larry R. Faulkner Departmental Chair for Excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry | Rowland Pettit Centennial Chair in Chemistry | Department of Chemistry Excellence Endowment | William H. Wade Administrative Endowment in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Accepting Graduate Students
512-471-0028
WEL 3.424
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Callmann, Cassandra
Cassandra E Callmann
Assistant Professor and CPRIT Scholar
Accepting Graduate Students
ELBER, RON
Ron Elber
Professor, Core Faculty, Oden Institute
W. A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr. Chair in Computational Life Sciences and Biology
512-232-5415
POB 4.422
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ELLINGTON, ANDREW
Andrew Ellington
Professor
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Regents Chair in Molecular Biology | Wilson M. and Kathryn Fraser Research Professorship in Biochemistry
Accepting Graduate Students
512-232-3424
MBB 3.424
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IVERSON, BRENT L
Brent L Iverson
Professor
Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Professorship | Distinguished Teaching Professor | The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers Fellow
Accepting Graduate Students
512-750-0519
NHB 5.136A
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KEATINGE-CLAY, ADRIAN T
Adrian T Keatinge-Clay
Associate Professor
Natural Product Biochemistry
Accepting Graduate Students
512-471-2977
NHB 4.123
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Keitz, Keith
Benjamin K. Keitz
Assistant Professor
Frank A. Liddell, Jr. Centennial Fellowship in Chemical Engineering
Accepting Graduate Students
512-232-2373
CPE 4.462
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KRISCHE, MICHAEL J
Michael J Krische
Professor
The Robert A. Welch Chair in Science
Accepting Graduate Students
512-232-5892
WEL 5.120A
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Lin, Yi-Chih
Yi-Chih Lin
Assistant Professor
Visualizing biomolecular dynamics in real-time and real-space
Accepting Graduate Students
Liu, Hung-Wen
Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu
Professor
George H. Hitchings Regents Chair in Drug Design
512-232-7811
PHR 3.206B
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Lu, Yi
Yi Lu
Professor
Richard J. V. Johnson - Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry
Accepting Graduate Students
512-471-1542
WEL 4.244
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MAKAROV, DMITRII E
Dmitrii E Makarov
Professor, Core Faculty, Oden Institute
Accepting Graduate Students
512-471-4575
WEL 3.132A
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MARTIN, STEPHEN F
Stephen F Martin
Professor
M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Regents Chair in Chemistry
512-471-3915
WEL
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Newberry, Robert  W
Robert W Newberry
Assistant Professor
Chemical Biology of Protein Misfolding
Accepting Graduate Students
Que, Emily
Emily Que
Associate Professor
Joseph J. & Jeanne M. Lagowski Regents Professorship in Inorganic Chemistry
Bioinorganic chemistry, chemical biology, metals in medicine
Accepting Graduate Students
512-471-4490
WEL 4.156A
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Ren, Hang
Hang Ren
Assistant Professor
Electrochemistry, Analytical Chemistry
Accepting Graduate Students
512-471-1593
FNT 2.136A
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ROSE, MICHAEL
Michael Rose
Associate Professor, Director, Organized Research Unit
Ferne and Evan Kyba Professorship in Chemistry
Synthetic Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, Solar Fuels Energy Conversion, Heavy Main Group
Accepting Graduate Students
512-471-4456
WEL 4.420
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Samanta, Devleena
Devleena Samanta
Assistant Professor
Accepting Graduate Students
Sessler, Jonathan L
Jonathan L Sessler
Professor
R. P. Doherty, Jr. - Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry
Accepting Graduate Students
512-471-5009
NHB 5.354A
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SHEAR, JASON B
Jason B Shear
Professor
Accepting Graduate Students
512-232-1454
FNT 3.102
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Thirumalai, Devarajan
Dave Thirumalai
Professor
Marvin K. Collie-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry
Accepting Graduate Students
512-475-6019
WEL 3.140
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WEBB, LAUREN J
Lauren J Webb
Professor
Accepting Graduate Students