Gary Pielak

Gary Pielak

Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biophysics; Jointly appointed with the School of Medicine

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Research Interests

Protein Biophysics Emphasizing Studies in Living Cells

Research Synopsis

My graduate students and I work in two areas: High-resolution protein NMR studies in living cells. Biophysics of tardigrade dessication-tolerance proteins.

Professional Background

BS Chem., Bradley U, 1977; PhD Biochemistry, with J. Ivan Legg, Washington State U, 1983; Postdoc with Michael Smith, U British Columbia, 1983-1986; Postdoc with Robert JP Williams, Oxford. 1986-1988; DuPont Young Faculty Award; Morrow Young Faculty Award; NIH Pioneer Award; National Science Foundation Program Director; UNC Lifetime Mentor Award; UNC Medical School Excellence in Basic Science Mentoring Award

Research Group

News & Publications

We are pleased to share that Sidney Wilkerson-Hill, Assistant Professor, Danielle Zurcher, Teaching Assistant Professor, and Gary Pielak, Kenan Distinguished Professor, earned 2023 University Teaching Awards!


Dr. Candice Crilly, formerly a Ph.D student in Dr. Gary Pielak's lab, has been awarded The Gordon Hammes Scholar Award.