Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Professor Howard's research program focuses on the development and application of methods capable of providing atomic level structural and dynamic information on membrane-bound molecules. Embedded in the membranes that encapsulate biological cells are a myriad of molecules that are involved in processes such as the transport of food, the conversion of energy and the transduction of signals from the environment. Despite the abundance and clear importance of membrane molecules, there is a dramatic lack of high-resolution structural data on membrane systems. Her research program works to develop new biophysical methods to address this problem, particularly the use of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopic techniques.
Kathleen Howard teaches courses in physical chemistry and biophysical chemistry. She has published numerous articles in journals including Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, Journal of Chemical Education, Biophysical Journal, Protein Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Dreyfus Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Merck/AAAS. She received her B.A. in chemistry from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Yale University.