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Researcher Profiles

New England Biolabs has an extensive research program that is at the forefront of the life science industry. Over 30 labs participate in research projects, which are aided by post-doctoral fellows and students in Masters and Ph.D. programs. NEB scientists have authored or co-authored over 1,000 publications (as of 1/17) in a variety of disciplines, including gene expression, chemical biology, parasitology, RNA biology, DNA enzymes and restriction enzymes.

Learn more about the research being conducted by our Senior Scientists in their profiles below.

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    Basic Research

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  • DNA
    Enzymes
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      Tom Evans

      Scientific Director
      Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1996

      Area of focus:

      Nucleic acid amplification, ligation, and repair.

    • Jurate Bitinaite

      Jurate Bitinaite

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., Vilnius University, 1986

      Area of focus:

      DNA modification and DNA Repair

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      Andrew Gardner

      Staff Scientist
      Ph.D., Boston University, 2010

      Area of focus:

      DNA amplification; Genomics

    • Bill Jack

      Bill Jack

      Executive Director, Research
      Ph.D., Duke University, 1983

      Area of focus:

      DNA polymerase function

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      Nick Guan

      Staff Scientist
      PhD., University of Southern California

      Area of focus:

      Reverse transcriptase, genomics and transcriptomics

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      Greg Lohman

      Staff Scientist
      Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007

      Area of focus:

      Nucleic acid enzyme mechanism and kinetics; DNA Ligases

    • Jennifer Ong

      Jennifer Ong

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2004

      Area of focus:

      Protein Engineering, DNA Polymerases

    • Nathan Tanner

      Nathan Tanner

      Staff Scientist
      Ph.D., Harvard University, 2010

      Area of focus:

      Isothermal amplification, Point-of-need molecular diagnostics, Single-molecule analysis of replication enzymes

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      Shuang-yong Xu

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1989

      Area of focus:

    • Henry Zhu

      Zhenyu Zhu

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 1999

      Area of focus:

      High fidelity restriction enzymes and 5-hydroxymethyl cytosine related enzymes

  • Protein Expression
    & Modification
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      Christopher Taron

      Scientific Director
      Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1999

      Area of focus:

      Protein expression and glycobiology

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      Mehmet Berkmen

      Staff Scientist
      Ph.D., University of Vienna, University of Houston, 2000

      Area of focus:

      Strain engineering and disulfide bonded protein folding

    • Shaorong Chong

      Shaorong Chong

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994

      Area of focus:

      Reconstituted cell-free systems, synthetic biology, protein evolution, protein interactions.

    • Lise Raleigh

      Elisabeth Raleigh

      Emeritus Scientist
      Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981

      Area of focus:

      Adding new genes to bacterial chromosomes and controlling their spread.

    • Paul Riggs

      Paul Riggs

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984

      Area of focus:

      Protein expression and regulation of translation

    • James Samuelson

      James Samuelson

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2000

      Area of focus:

      Protein expression and strain engineering

  • Chemical
    Biology
    • Chris Noren

      Christopher Noren

      Scientific Director
      Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1990

      Area of focus:

      Phage display, protein modification, metalloenzymology

    • Ivan Correa

      Ivan Correa

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., State University of Campinas, 2003

      Area of focus:

      Synthetic chemistry, bioorthogonal probes, protein labeling, epigenetics

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      Cristian Ruse

      Staff Scientist
      Ph.D. , Case Western Reserve University, 2003

      Area of focus:

      mass spectrometry, proteomics

    • Lana Saleh

      Lana Saleh

      Staff Scientist

      Area of focus:

    • Peter Weigele

      Peter Weigele

      Staff Scientist
      Ph.D., University of Utah, 2003

      Area of focus:

      Microbial electrochemical systems & synthetic biology methods

    • Ming-Qun Xu

      Ming-Qun Xu

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 1989

      Area of focus:

      Protein engineering, protein labeling and imaging

  • Genome
    Biology
    • Clotilde Carlow

      Clotilde Carlow

      Scientific Director
      Ph.D., University of London, 1984

      Area of focus:

      Drug discovery and diagnostics for filariasis

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      Laurence Ettwiller

      Staff Scientist

      Area of focus:

      NGS and computational biology

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      Jeremy M. Foster

      Staff Scientist
      Ph. D., University of Liverpool, 1989

      Area of focus:

      Genomics and glycobiology of filarial nematodes

    • Richard Morgan

      Richard Morgan

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., Boston University, 2009

      Area of focus:

      Engineering DNA recognition specificity of restriction enzymes, and identification of new restriction modification systems

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      Janos Posfai

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., University of Szeged, 1991

      Area of focus:

      Bioinformatics of restriction enzymes

    • Sriharsa Pradhan

      Sriharsa Pradhan

      Division Head
      Ph.D., University of Glasgow, 1995

      Area of focus:

      Epigenetic gene regulation and inheritance

    • Richard Roberts

      Sir Richard Roberts

      Chief Scientific Officer
      Ph.D., University of Sheffield, 1968

      Area of focus:

      Bioinformatics of restriction and modification

    • Barton Slatko

      Barton Slatko

      Senior Scientist
      Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1977

      Area of focus:

      Filariasis genomics and Wolbachia symbiosis

    • Geoffrey Wilson

      Geoffrey Wilson

      Emeritus Scientist
      Ph.D., Sussex University, 1976

      Area of focus:

  • RNA
    Biology
    • Brett Robb

      Brett Robb

      Scientific Director
      Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2004

      Area of focus:

      Small RNA biology, post-transcriptional gene regulation, mRNA modifications, tools and methods development for RNA research.

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      Larry McReynolds

      Emeritus Scientist
      Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974

      Area of focus:

    • Ira Schildkraut

      Ira Schildkraut

      Emeritus Scientist
      Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974

      Area of focus:

      Enzymatic manipulation of RNA