Weill Cornell Medical College The Rockefeller University Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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TPCB Faculty

Steve Bonilla, PhD

Rockefeller University


PhD, 2019, Stanford University

BS, 2012, University of Washington

Research Topics

  • Bioactive Small Molecules
    • High-throughput screening assays
  • Macromolecular Structure and Function
    • Enzymology
    • Cryo-electron microscopy
    • Single molecule methods

Therapeutic Areas

  • Virology

TPCB Faculty Member, Prof. Steve Bonilla, PhDRNAs are exceptionally versatile molecules that perform diverse cellular and viral functions. This functional versatility is dependent on RNA’s ability to encode genetic information and form dynamic 3D structures capable of recognizing proteins, binding small molecules, and catalyzing chemical reactions. As such, a critical goal in chemical biology is to understand the principles that dictate the 3D structure and conformational dynamics of RNA molecules and how these, in turn, determine function with the ultimate goal of developing therapeutics and biotechnological tools. In the Bonilla lab we use cryo-EM and other structural and biophysical tools to understand and develop predictive models of RNA structure-function relationships. We are particularly interested in multifunctional RNA 3D structures that are used by viruses to maximize the information content of their genomes and hijack the biochemical machinery of their host.

Read more about Prof. Bonilla’s research on the Rockefeller website

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