MPPB is delighted to share that Nicolas Fawzi, Ph.D., has been promoted to Associate Professor of Medical Science, with tenure, effective July 1, 2019.
Dr. Fawzi is also the Structural Biology Core Facility Director. He received undergraduate degrees in bioengineering and marketing at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. from the Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley and UCSF for his work with Teresa Head-Gordon on molecular simulation of protein aggregation. He completed his postdoctoral training in the group of G. Marius Clore at the National Institutes of Health in biomolecular NMR spectroscopy of protein association and aggregation.
As a postdoc, he was the lead author on a groundbreaking study in which he and co-authors managed to capture with atomic resolution the binding interaction of a small peptide with larger protein aggregates, a dynamic that no one had been able to capture previously.
At Brown he has focused his research on the following main areas: finding the molecular switch of RNA-binding protein aggregation in degenerative diseases, observing mechanistic/structural details of phase separated proteins in vitro and in living cells, phase separation of glutamine-rich domains from yeast to invertebrates, and visualizing Aβ aggregation and interactions.
Since coming to Brown in January 2013, Nicolas has received support from several external sources to carry out his research. He has been the recipient of an R01 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a Human Frontier Science Program research grant, and an ALS Association research grant.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Fawzi on this major achievement.