Michael Lerch, PhD, joins Department of Biophysics faculty
Oct. 12, 2017 MCW News - Michael Lerch, PhD, has been appointed assistant professor of biophysics. Dr. Lerch’s current research focuses on defining the molecular mechanisms of protein function, particularly with respect to the functional role of protein conformational heterogeneity, using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.
Dr. Lerch earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 2009 from the University of San Francisco and his PhD degree in 2015 from the University of California–Los Angeles. His graduate and postdoctoral work in Wayne Hubbell’s laboratory at the Stein Eye Institute focused on developing and applying high-pressure EPR techniques to study the functional role of protein conformation flexibility, and on providing structural insights into the mechanisms of membrane protein function using double electron-electron resonance (DEER) spectroscopy.
Dr. Lerch won the JEOL Prize for best presentation by a student or first-year postdoctoral fellow at the 49th annual international Royal Society of Chemistry EPR Meeting in 2016.
Please join us in welcoming him to the MCW community and the Department of Biophysics,