Department of Chemistry
Gary Pielak

Gary Pielak

Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biophysics; Vice Chair of Facilities
Jointly appointed with the School of Medicine
919-962-2388 (fax)
GSB 3250


Research Interests

Protein Biophysics Emphasizing Studies in Living Cells

Professional Background

BS Chem., Bradley U, 1977; PhD Biochemistry, with J. Ivan Legg, Washington State U, 1983; Postdoc with Michael Smith, U British Columbia, 1983-1986; Postdoc with Robert JP Williams, Oxford. 1986-1988; DuPont Young Faculty Award; Morrow Young Faculty Award; NIH Pioneer Award, 2006; National Science Foundation Program Director 2013-2014

Research Synopsis

My graduate students and I work in three areas:

  • High-resolution protein NMR studies in living cells.
  • Oxidative damage to ±-synuclein, a key protein in Parkinson's disease.
  • Pressure perturbation calorimetry of peptides and proteins.

Please visit the Pielak Group Page for more information.



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