Rama Ranganathan’s research has focused on understanding the basic principles of structure, function, and evolution in biological systems, with a particular emphasis on the atomic and cellular scale. His work has led to new models for the architecture of natural proteins and new experimental tools for studying the physics and evolution of proteins and cellular systems.
He leads the UChicago Center for Physics of Evolving Systems and is the director of BioCARS beamline, which is a national user facility for structural biology located at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also a member of the Institute for Molecular Engineering.
In 2016, Prof. Ranganathan received the Transformative Research Award from the National Institutes of Health Common Fund. He has also been honored with the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award for Basic Science from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas and the Glenn Award for Research.