Prof Tanja Kortemme

Tanja Kortemme is Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her Ph.D. from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, and was an EMBO and Human Frontier Science Program postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her laboratory’s scientific contributions include foundational methods for computational protein design and their application to engineer biological structures and functions not existing in nature, such as the first computationally designed new protein-protein interfaces, signaling proteins with new specificities, and de novo engineered binding sites recognizing and responding to new small molecule signals. A more recent research focus uses systematic molecular perturbations to map and control cellular behavior. Her honors include an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, and a W.M. Keck Foundation Research Award. She was recently selected as a Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub investigator.

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