professor Susan buchanan

National Institutes of Health, USA

 Susan Buchanan’s research program focuses on the structure determination of integral membrane proteins from Gram-negative bacteria that have the potential to be vaccine or drug targets against infectious diseases. She has made seminal discoveries in the biogenesis of β-barrel membrane proteins and the structure of the Ton complex.  Her current interests involve how pathogenic bacteria move small molecules and proteins across the membrane and protein import across mitochondrial outer membranes.

 Susan Buchanan is Chief of the Section on Structural Biology of Membrane Proteins in the National Institute for Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, at the National Institutes of Health. She received her Ph.D. from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany in 1990. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, and at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, before returning to the UK to establish a research group at Birkbeck College, London in 1998. She joined the NIDDK as a tenure track investigator in 2001, was tenured in 2008, and was promoted to Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NIDDK, in 2014. In 2018, she was promoted to Deputy Scientific Director, NIDDK.