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Shahar Sukenik

Professional Title: 
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Thrust 1
Office: 
Castle Commerce Center
Education: 
  • Oct. 2014-2018: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Advisor: Prof. Martin Gruebele
  • 2010-2014: Ph.D. Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Dissertation Topic: Cosolute effects on protein folding and aggregation. Thesis Advisors: Prof. Assaf Friedler and Prof. Daniel Harries, Dept. of Chemistry.
  • 2008-2009: M.Sc. Chemistry, Magna cum Laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dissertation Topic: Cosolute effects on amyloid aggregation. Thesis Advisors: Prof. Assaf Friedler and Prof. Daniel Harries, Dept. of Chemistry.
  • 2005-2008: B.Sc. Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Research Interests: 

In the cell, large protein complexes function seamlessly in a dynamic and heterogeneous mixture of small molecules. These small molecules can have both adverse and beneficial effects. The Sukenik lab is trying to understand the interplay between the proteins that make our cells work and the environment that surrounds them. To approach this challenge, the lab combines live-cell microscopy with biophysical characterization of proteins to gain a molecular-level understanding of how proteins work out of and inside the cell, in health and in disease.

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