Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Kuriyan is a Chancellor's Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Juniata College, Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Gregory Petsko and Martin Karplus (Harvard University) on the dynamics of proteins.
He continued with Martin Karplus and Greg Petsko for a year and then moved to the Rockefeller University as Assistant Professor and University Fellow, where he remained for 14 years. Dr. Kuriyan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the 2005 Richard Lounsbery Award from the National Academy of Sciences.
John Kuriyan is interested in the structure and mechanism of the enzymes and molecular switches that carry out cellular signal transduction and DNA replication. His laboratory uses x-ray crystallography to determine the three-dimensional structures of proteins involved in signaling and replication, as well as biochemical, biophysical, and computational analyses to elucidate mechanisms.