Physical Biology of the Cell

The interface between the physical sciences and the living cell is one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas in science, and it is at the heart of the Biological Structures and Systems Signature Theme. LAS has a large ongoing research effort in structural biology and biophysics, with strong faculty in several departments, including the departments of BBMB, Chemistry, GDCB, and Physics and Astronomy, and involving well-established interdisciplinary collaborations among biological, computational and physical scientists.

With the new hires we seek to expand existing collaborations by adding specific state-of-the-art imaging and spectroscopy capabilities, along with theoretical and computational expertise for rational macromolecular design. These new hires will allow us to advance into a genuine scientific frontier: charting a quantitative roadmap of the living cell.

Researchers will join established faculty using single molecule biophysics, x-ray crystallography of membrane proteins, NMR and EPR in biological systems, cell and developmental biology, bioinformatics and computational biology. They will have access to ISU’s existing capabilities, such as the Microscopy and NanoImaging Facility, and may be eligible for support through the $7.5 million Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Initiative in Biomolecular Structure. They will also form part of ISU’s unique research capabilities and expertise in the biological and physical sciences.

About the LAS Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative

To support the growth of collaborative research, we have defined five Signature Themes which outline broad priority areas for research and scholarship in the College. Guided by these five themes, hiring in the college strikes a balance between serving core departmental research and teaching needs and sustaining and growing our international reputation in four selected focus areas through a major interdisciplinary hiring initiative.

In each of the following four areas, we will hire at least 4-6 faculty, over the next 2-3 years. Building on existing strengths, this will allow us to grow internationally competitive groups quickly.

These are exciting opportunities to work with established researchers and superb junior faculty and define the future direction of a major research area.