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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

Spring 2024 - Wednesday 10-12


Spring 2024
CIS 122 - 01
WesMaSS Colloquium II

MB&B 325 - 01
Biomolecular Structure

MB&B 508 - 01
Molec Biophys Journal Club II

Fall 2024
MB&B 395 - 01
Structural Biology Laboratory