Message from the Director

Structural biology is one of the most interdisciplinary fields in science, where biologists, chemists and physicists collaborate to tackle many of life’s central questions: How do cells respond their surroundings? How do they make copies of themselves? What determines the balance between health and disease? By probing the structures and functions of the cellular machines involved in these processes, structural biologists make breakthroughs in understanding how these molecules work normally, how they can be targeted by novel therapeutics, and how they can be adapted to new biotech applications.

As director of the ASRC’s Structural Biology Initiative, I am committed to establish an environment for structural biology researchers to succeed in making the next wave of these discoveries, both working independently and in collaboration with other scientists in CUNY and more broadly. I’m similarly dedicated to educating our student and postdoc trainees who will become the next generation of leaders in this field. Together with an outstanding staff, we’re making our first steps along these lines: hiring new faculty and staff to join us, obtaining state-of-the-art instrumentation to complement equipment available next door at our partner New York Structural Biology Center, and organizing events to catalyze scientific interchange and discussion. These resources will catalyze research and learning in this exciting field for members of the CUNY community and more broadly, spanning anyone from experts in structural biology to students getting their first exposure to the fields that are the foundation for this work. Please contact me if I can provide any further information about these efforts –

Kevin Gardner, February 2015


  • 1985-1989: B.S. Biochemistry, UC Davis
  • 1989-1995: Ph.D. Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University; mentor: Prof. Joseph E. Coleman
  • 1995-1998: postdoctoral research, University of Toronto; mentor: Prof. Lewis E. Kay
  • 1998-2014: faculty member, Departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Selected Honors:

  • 1989 B.S. with Highest Honors, UC Davis
  • 1989-1994 HHMI Predoctoral Fellow in Structural Biology
  • 1996-1998 Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1999-2002 Searle Scholar
  • 1998-2013 W.W. Caruth Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research, UT Southwestern
  • 2004, 2010, 2012 Excellence in Education Awards, UT Southwestern
  • 2012 Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award, UT Southwestern