Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute for Molecular Engineering, and the College
Rama Ranganathan’s research has focused on understanding the basic principles of structure, function, and evolution in biological systems, with a particular emphasis on the atomic and cellular scale. His work has led to new models for the architecture of natural proteins and new experimental tools for studying the physics and evolution of proteins and cellular systems.
He was awarded a 2016 Transformative Research Award from the National Institutes of Health Common Fund. His other honors include the Glenn Award for Research and the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award for Basic Science, given by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST) to honor that state’s top rising stars in research.
Ranganathan received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently earned MD and PhD degrees from the University of California, San Diego. His postdoctoral work included research on voltage-gated potassium channels as a Life Sciences Research Foundation fellow at Harvard Medical School and on protein X-ray crystallography at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Most recently, he was the director of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Comprehensive Center for Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he also held the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Chair in Biomedical Science.