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Rich Olson

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Hall-Atwater Laboratories, 224

Associate Professor, Integrative Sciences

Hall-Atwater Laboratories, 224


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BA Cornell University
PHD Columbia University

Rich Olson

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My laboratory uses a combination of X-ray crystallography and complementary biophysical techniques to study the structure and function of integral and peripheral membrane proteins. I am particularly interested in how bacterial virulence factors facilitate host invasion by bacterial pathogens. Driven by this question, we are studying the structure and function of pore-forming toxins, bacterial virulence factors, and cellular signaling molecules. I currently teach courses on membrane protein structure and signal transduction.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2020 - Monday/Tuesday 11-1 PM


Fall 2020
MB&B 208 - 01
Molecular Biology

MB&B 507 - 01
Mole Biophys Journal Club I

MB&B 516 - 01
Structural Biology

Spring 2021
MB&B 111 - 01
Intro to Envir Toxicology