Michael Rust

Assistant Professor

Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, and the College

Michael Rust is interested in developing biophysical and biochemical tools to study biological systems with the goal of understanding the robustness and adaptability of living cells in the face of changing environments. His lab is particularly interested in the mechanism of circadian clocks, biological oscillators that coordinate behavior and metabolism to anticipate the rising and setting of the sun.

Rust is coauthor of several publications, including “Light-Driven Changes in Energy Metabolism Directly Entrain the Cyanobacterial Circadian Clock,” “Sub-diffraction Limit Imaging with Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM),” “Dissecting the Cell Entry of Dengue Virus by Single-Particle Tracking in Live Cells,” and “Single-Virus Tracking in Live Cells.”

He was named a Pritzker Scholar and received the CBC Junior Investigator Award, the Burroughs-Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface, and a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Rust earned his PhD in physics from Harvard University in 2006, where he developed optical techniques for monitoring individual virus particles in live cells and for imaging cellular structures smaller than the wavelength of light. He received his BS in physics and mathematics from Harvey Mudd College.

Rust joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.

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