Ori Department of Biology | Emory University
Department of Biology
Biology Faculty Profile
David Lynn
Office Phone: 404-727-9348 | Lab Phone: 404-727-2610
Office Room: Emerson Hall E409
Office Address: Emory University, Department of Biology, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, 1510 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta , GA 30322
Lab Room: Emerson Hall 420, 430, 440, 450, 460
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Research Area:
Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Population Biology, Evolution, and Ecology

Graduate Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics


B.S., University of North Carolina, 1973
Ph.D., Duke Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1977
Fellow, Columbia University

Associated faculty in Biology.  Main appointment in Department of Chemistry.

We are currently experiencing a remarkable convergence of our physical and material technologies with the worlds of biology. Genome sequence information is leading us ever closer to the most fundamental structural and functional secrets of living organisms. Dominant among them is the realization that the complex structures of biology seem remarkably, almost magically, to self-assemble. From vesicle formation, to protein folding and ribosome assembly, to the organogenesis of multicellular organisms, both macromolecular sequence information as well as instructions for self-assembly are encoded within the genome.

We work to understand the structures and forces that enable supramolecular self-assembly, how chemical information can be stored and translated into new molecular entities, and how the forces of evolution can be harnessed in new structures with new function. Such knowledge offers tremendous promise for discoveries in fields as diverse as drug design and genome engineering, pathogenesis and genome evolution, functional nanoscale materials and the origins of living systems. A few specific projects and the people involved are highlighted above in the order of increasing scale.

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