The Dyer lab at Emory University studies protein dynamics important in protein folding and enzymatic catalysis with the objective of improving our understanding of human health and disease. We seek to answer fundamental questions such as how atomic motions of the protein structure couple to the catalytic reaction coordinate, and the coupling of backbone and sidechain ordering in a protein folding or misfolding reaction. We are also interested in fundamental problems important to the storage of solar energy as fuel, specifically new photo-catalytic approaches to make hydrogen and to reduce CO2.

Protein dynamics span a wide range of time scales. We have developed time-resolved spectroscopy methods to investigate protein dynamics from femtoseconds to kiloseconds, with high structural specificity. We emphasize infrared spectroscopy coupled with isotope editing to follow specific biomolecular structural dynamics on all relevant time scales.


Postdoc Position Available

The Dyer laboratory in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in biophysical chemistry to study protein mediated membrane fusion in viral infection. The postdoctoral associate will join an NIH funded project to study the pH induced refolding dynamics of hemagglutinin and its interaction with membranes. Our research program integrates efforts across a broad range of disciplines, including biophysical chemistry, spectroscopy, biochemistry and molecular biology. Emory University is located in Atlanta on a scenic campus, in an area that includes affordable housing and rich cultural and recreational opportunities.

Applications from United States citizens, permanent residents and international students who are already in the United States on a work visa are welcome, and we strongly encourage female and minority candidates to apply. Applications from international students not already in the United States will not be considered at this time due to hiring restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The successful candidate will have strong skills in biophysical chemistry and related strengths in spectroscopy, molecular biology and biochemistry; hold a PhD in physical or biomolecular chemistry; possess the ability to work independently and have strong communication skills in the English language, both written and oral. The application package should be submitted as a single pdf to briandyer@emory.edu and should include:

  • Personal statement and summary of research interests
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • 2 letters of recommendation (including PhD advisor) submitted independently

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran’s status.


A Tenure Track Job for Morgan!

Recent Dyer lab alum, Morgan Vaughn, is currently working on curriculum development and teaching physical chemistry to undergraduates at Emory University. She has just announced that she has taken a tenure track position in the Department of Chemistry at nearby Oglethorpe University, where she will help initiate their undergraduate research program. 

Congratulations, Morgan!

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Tybee Island Retreat

The Dyer lab visited Tybee Island, GA this past weekend for some collaborative brainstorming- and some fun in the sun. After a summative “State of the Group” address Friday night by Dr. Dyer, students spent most of Saturday sharing ideas for ongoing and upcoming experiments in each subgroup, new capabilities for the lab, and outreach and professional development opportunities. 

The current group (minus Gokul) assembled on the stairs of the rental house, anxiously waiting to hit the beach. Thanks to Laura Dyer for the group photos and the delicious food!

More beach photos!

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Sam, Louis, and Jing visit the Savannah riverfront