John Kuriyan

John Kuriyan

John Kuriyan in 2015, portrait via the Royal Society
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater
Thesis The structure and flexibility of myoglobin : molecular dynamics and x-ray crystallography (1986)
Doctoral advisor
Notable awards


John Kuriyan is Chancellor's Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the departments of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and Chemistry. He is also a Faculty Scientist in Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.[1][3]


Kuriyan received his B.S. in chemistry from Juniata College in Pennsylvania, followed by his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology supervised by Gregory Petsko and Martin Karplus.

Research and career

Kuriyan did postdoctoral research work for one year supervised by Karplus at Harvard before becoming an assistant professor at the Rockefeller University. As of 2015 Kuriyan's laboratory studies the structure and mechanism of enzymes and other proteins that transduce cellular signals and perform DNA replication. The laboratory primarily uses x-ray crystallography to determine 3-D protein structures as well as biochemical, biophysical, and computational techniques to uncover the mechanisms used by these proteins.

Awards and honors

John Kuriyan

In 1989, Kuriyan was named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, a program supporting promising young researchers in the areas of basic and clinical sciences relevant to human health advancements. Kuriyan was the recipient of the 2005 Loundsbery Award by the National Academy of Sciences, a recognition presented annually to a single scientific investigator, under the age of 45, who has made significant contributions to medicine or biology. Additional awards include the Cornelius Rhoads Memorial Award from the American Association for Cancer Research (1999), the Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (1998), the Dupont-Merck Award of the Protein Society (1997), and the Schering-Plough Award of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1994). In 2009 he received the ASBMB Merck award for his contributions to structural biology. Kuriyan was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 2015.[2]


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