Brian Dyer

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry, Emory University, since 2009

Laboratory Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2003-present

Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1987-2009

Postdoc, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1985-1987

Ph.D., Duke University, 1985

B.S., Wake Forest University, 1981

(404) 727-6637



  • LANL Women’s Career Development Mentoring Award, 2008
  • Editorial Board Member, Biophysical Journal, 2005-2008
  • Member, NIH BBCA study section, 2001-2005
  • Los Alamos Fellows Prize for work on fast events in protein folding, 1997
  • R&D100 Award, Ultrafast Infrared Spectrometer, 1995
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma XI
  • Magna Cum Laude, Wake Forest University

Research Support


  • R01 GM 053640, Dyer (PI), 5/2013-4/2018
    • Fast Events in Protein Folding
    • Studies of the fundamental processes in protein folding using fast T-jump and pH-jump methods coupled with time resolved spectroscopy (IR and fluorescence).
  • DARPA 15-35FP-026, Dyer (PI), 11/2015-5/2018
    • Programmable Self-Assembled Artificial Muscles
    • Enzyme powered mechanical actuators as artificial muscles
  • P01 GM 068036, Callender (PI), 5/2014 -6/2019
    • Protein Dynamics in Enzymatic Catalysis
    • (Subprojects 3&6: Dyer,PI)
    • Studies of the role of protein dynamics in enzymatic catalysis, with a focus on new experimental tools including time-resolved spectroscopy and the movement of protons through proteins.


  • NSF DMR 1409851, Dyer (PI), 8/2014-9/2017
    • Functional Hybrid Biotic/Abiotic Materials
    • Solar H2 production using nanocrystalline semiconductor photosensitizers coupled to hydrogenase enzymes
  • DR 20070096, Dyer (PI), 10/2006-9/2009
    • DOE/LDRD
    • Biomimetic Hydrogen Production by Transition Metal Photocatalysts
    • Explore biomimetic approaches to solar water splitting and hydrogen production.