Department of Chemistry and the College
Bryan Dickinson’s research falls within the broad areas of organic chemistry and chemical biology, in which a multidisciplinary approach is taken to develop and apply new technologies to address biological questions. His laboratory employs the techniques of synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, protein engineering, and evolution to address critical questions relating to mammalian cellular biology.
His research is focused on the synthesis and application of small molecule fluorescent probes for molecular imaging; the development of a new sensing strategy for monitoring biochemical activities in live cells, through the use of protein sensors that encode chemical events into defined sequences of polynucleotides; and the reprogramming of enzymes to produce novel research tools, starting points for therapeutics, and model systems for the study of evolution.
A recipient of the American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award, Dickinson earned his PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a BS in biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was previously a Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fellow at Harvard University.
Dickinson joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.