People

Faculty

Ralph Adolphs Ralph Adolphs
Bren Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology; Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Caltech Brain Imaging Center; Director, Caltech Brain Imaging Center
Psychological and neurological investigations of human emotion and social cognition.
David Anderson David Anderson
Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology; Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience Leadership Chair; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Director, Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience
Genetic dissection of neural circuits controlling emotional behaviors.
Alexei Aravin Alexei Aravin
Assistant Professor of Biology
Non-coding RNAs: Study of natural functions of non-coding RNAs in the cell and programming of RNA pathways for new functions in vivo. Non-coding RNAs as determinants of epigenetic states. The link between RNA- and chromatin-based epigenetic mechanisms.
David Baltimore David Baltimore

President Emeritus; Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology
Molecular immunology; microRNA functions in the immune system; effects of aging on immune function; antibody-based protection against infectious disease; roles and properties of the NF-kB transcription factor; cancer immunotherapy.

Pamela Bjorkman Pamela Bjorkman

Centennial Professor of Biology
HIV, protein design, antibody therapeutics, structural immunology.

 

Marianne Bronner Marianne Bronner

Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology
Cellular and molecular studies of neural crest development.

Judith Campbell Judith Campbell

Professor of Chemistry and Biology
Biochemistry, structural, and molecular cell biology; mechanisms and regulation of DNA replication and repair.

David Chan David Chan

Professor of Biology
Mitochondrial dynamics: Molecular mechanisms, physiological functions, and perturbations in disease

William Dunphy William Dunphy

Grace C. Steele Professor of Biology
Regulation of the cell cycle and maintenance of genomic integrity.

Michael Elowitz Michael Elowitz

Professor of Biology, Bioengineering and Applied Physics; Bren Scholar; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Executive Officer for Biological Engineering
Synthetic Biology: Designing genetic circuits to program new cellular behaviors; Systems Biology: Analyzing gene circuit dynamics, signaling and noise in individual cells.

Katalin Fejes Tóth

Katalin Fejes-Tóth
Thomas Hunt Morgan Senior Research Fellow of Biology
Non-coding RNAs in regulation of gene expression.

Lea Goentoro Lea Goentoro

Assistant Professor of Biology
Systems biology, signaling pathways, robustness, biomaterial.

Viviana Gradinaru Viviana Gradinaru

Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute; Director, Center for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Reverse engineering brain circuits, optogenetics, protein engineering, technology development for neuroscience.

Mitchell Guttman Mitchell Guttman

Assistant Professor of Biology; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute
Deciphering the mechanisms of large non-coding RNA (lncRNA) mediated regulation of gene expression and cell state decisions.

Bruce Hay

Bruce Hay
Professor of Biology; Graduate Biology Option Representative
Genetic engineering mosquito populations.

Elizabeth Hong

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Synaptic and circuit mechanisms of olfaction.

Grant Jensen Grant Jensen

Professor of Biophysics and Biology
Structure and function of large macromolecular machines, viral and cellular imaging by cryo-EM.

Mary Kennedy Mary Kennedy

Allen and Lenabelle Davis Professor of Biology
Molecular structure and function of central nervous system synapses.

Carlos Lois

Carlos Lois
Research Professor of Biology
Assembly of Brain Circuits and the Cellular Mechanisms of Behavior.

Steve Mayo Steve Mayo

Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry; William K. Bowes Jr. Leadership Chair, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
Protein folding and protein design.

Sarkis Mazmanian Sarkis Mazmanian

Luis B. and Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute
Host-microbial symbiosis during health and disease.

Markus Meister

Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences
Brain science, function of neural circuits, sensory processing, neural coding and computation, instruments for recording neural signals.

Elliot Meyerowitz Elliot Meyerowitz

George W. Beadle Professor of Biology
Integrated regulatory networks underlying plant development.

Richard Murray Richard Murray

Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering; Graduate Option Representative
Feedback and control in biological circuits, synthetic biology, molecular programming.

Dianne Newman Dianne Newman

Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor of Biology and Geobiology; Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Center for Environmental Microbial Interactions; Executive Officer for Molecular Biology
Bioenergetics and cell biology of metabolically diverse, genetically-tractable bacteria.

Yuki OkaYuki Oka

Professor of Biology
Understanding the neural and molecular basis of motivated behaviors toward homeostatic regulation.

Lior Pacther Lior Pacther

Bren Professor of Computational Biology and Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Computational and experimental methods for genomics. Currently focused on the development of single cell sequencing based technologies and their application to RNA biology.

Rob Phillips Rob Phillips

Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology
Biophysics of macromolecules and their assemblies.

Joe ParkerJoe Parker

Assistant Professor of Biology
Genetic, genomic and neurobiological basis of symbiotic interactions in animals.

David ProberDavid Prober

Professor of Biology
Genetic and neuronal circuits that regulate sleep.

Lulu Qian Lulu Qian

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Designing and constructing artificial molecular systems that exhibit programmable behaviors such as recognizing molecular events from their environment, processing information, making decisions, taking actions, learning, and evolving.

Ellen Rothenberg Ellen Rothenberg

Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology
Transcriptional networks underlingT-cell development and signaling.

Angelike Stathopoulos Angelike Stathopoulos

Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute; Director, Center for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Dynamics of Developmental Systems.

Paul Sternberg Paul Sternberg

Bren Professor of Biology
Systems biology of C. elegans development; Neural circuits underlying sex and sleep; Nematode functional genomics and chemical ecology; Text mining.

Matt Thomson Matt Thomson

Assistant Professor of Computational Biology
Biological Engineering, Computational Mathematics, Developmental Biology and Genetics, Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology.

Doris Tsao Doris Tsao

Professor of Biology; T&C Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience Leadership Chair; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Director, T&C Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience
Biological Engineering, Computation and Neural Systems, Neuroscience, Systems Biology.

David Van Valen David Van Valen

Visiting Associate in Biology and Biological Engineering
Biological Engineering, Microbiology and Immunology, Systems Biology.

Alexander Varshavsky Alexander Varshavsky

Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Biology
The ubiquitin-proteasome system, the N-end rule pathway, and their roles in health and disease.

Rebecca VoorheesRebecca Voorhees

Assistant Professor Biology; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute
Molecular mechanism of protein biosynthesis and quality control.

Erik Winfree Erik Winfree

Professor of Computer Science, Computation and Neural Systems, and Bioengineering
Biomolecular computation, DNA-based computation, algorithmic self-assembly, in vitro biochemical circuits, noise- and fault-tolerance, DNA and RNA folding, evolution.

Barbara Wold Barbara Wold

Bren Professor of Molecular Biology
Transcriptional Networks in mouse and human.

Kai Zinn Kai Zinn

Howard and Gwen Laurie Smits Professor of Biology
Developmental biology and genetics; neuroscience; systems biology; molecular mechanisms of axon guidance and synaptogenesis.