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Structural Biology

Chair: Joseph D. Puglisi

Associate Chair: Michael Levitt

Professors: Theodore Jardetzky, Roger D. Kornberg, Michael Levitt, Peter Parham, Joseph D. Puglisi, William I. Weis

Associate Professor: K. Christopher Garcia

Associate Professor (Research): Yahli Lorch

Assistant Professor (Research): Elizabetta Viani Puglisi

Courtesy Professor: Axel Brunger

Courtesy Associate Professor: Vijay Pande

Courtesy Assistant Professor: Zev Bryant

Department Offices: Fairchild Building, D100

Mail Code: 94305- 5126

Phone: (650) 723-7576


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Courses offered by the Department of Structural Biology are listed under the subject code SBIO on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The department offers course work and opportunities for research in structural biology. Courses fall into two categories: (1) a series of one quarter courses that treat topics of current interest in structural biology and biophysics at an advanced level; and (2) INDE 216, Cells to Tissues, a course for medical students that includes lectures on structure-function relationships of mammalian cells and tissues and a lab on medical histology.

The emphasis of research in the department is on understanding fundamental cellular processes in terms of the structure and function of biological macromolecules and their assemblies. Techniques used include standard methods of biochemistry, cell culture, single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy, genetic engineering, and three dimensional structure determination by x-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and electron microscopy, coupled with the development of computational methods.

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