Carlos Bustamante

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Carlos Bustamante

Carlos Bustamante
Born 1951
Lima, Peru
Residence U.S.
Nationality U.S.
Fields Biophysics
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Cayetano Heredia University, National University of San Marcos, University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor Ignacio Tinoco, Jr.
Known for Biophysics of DNA and protein
Notable awards Max Delbruck Prize (2002)
Alexander Hollaender Award in Biophysics (2004)
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Carlos José Bustamante (born 1951 in Lima, Peru) is an American scientist. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


Bustamante is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator and professor of molecular and cell biology, physics, and chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, a position he has held since 1998. He received his BS from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, his masters in biochemistry from National University of San Marcos in Lima, and his PhD in biophysics from UC Berkeley, where he studied with Ignacio Tinoco, Jr. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Bustamante studied with Marcos Maestre. Before moving to Berkeley, he was an HHMI investigator at the University of Oregon.

Research focus

Carlos Bustamante uses novel methods of single-molecule visualization, such as scanning force microscopy, to study the structure and function of nucleoprotein assemblies. His laboratory is developing methods of single-molecule manipulation, such as optical tweezers, to characterize the elasticity of DNA, to induce the mechanical unfolding of individual protein molecules, and to investigate the machine-like behavior of molecular motors.


Fellowships and awards


  1. "Max Dulbruck Prize in Biological Physics".
  2. "Alexander Hollaender Award in Biophysics". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  3. "Doctor Honoris Causa para Carlos Bustamante Monteverde". National University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  4. Nair, Prashant; Vilcek, Jan (2012-04-01). "Gems from Distant Shores: The 2012 Vilcek Foundation Prizes". The FASEB Journal. 26 (4): 1361–1366. doi:10.1096/fj.12-0402ufm. ISSN 0892-6638. PMID 22467904.

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