Daniel Herschlag

Daniel Herschlag

Professor of Biochemistry and, by courtesy, of Chemical Engineering and of Chemistry

(650) 723-9442

Beckman Center, Room B471A


PhD in Biochemistry (Brandeis University)

The overarching goal of the Herschlag lab is to understand the chemical and physical principles that underlie biology. These principles are needed to understand how biology works and how it evolved, as the fundamental physical and chemical properties of biomolecules enable and constrain biological function and evolution. This understanding will ultimately permit precise and impactful molecular manipulation for engineering and therapy. The lab is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative and is working toward a predictive understanding of RNA folding, defining the rules that determine RNA/protein interactions in vitro and in cells –and how those interactions are used in regulating gene expression. The lab is also developing and applying new technologies to understand –and ultimately harness– the enormous catalytic power of enzymes. The lab’s research has broad implications for evolution and the function, and for cellular regulation and misregulation.

Current Lab Members

Eliel Akinbami

Eliel Akinbami

PhD Student Herschlag Lab
Lena Cuevas

Lena Cuevas

Herschlag Lab
Siyuan Du

Siyuan Du

Herschlag Lab
Lauren Hagler

Lauren Hagler

Postdocs and Scientists Herschlag Lab
Craig Markin

Craig Markin

Postdocs and Scientists Herschlag Lab
Daniel Mokhtari

Daniel Mokhtari

Herschlag Lab
Margaux Pinney

Margaux Pinney

Herschlag Lab
Chris Sadee

Chris Sadee

Herschlag Lab
John Hyunjoon Shin

John Hyunjoon Shin

Herschlag Lab
Fanny Sundén

Fanny Sundén

Herschlag Lab Postdocs and Scientists