Associate Professor, Biophysics, Director, Macromolecular Biophysics Resource, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterBiography
Chad A. Brautigam earned dual undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He then joined Thomas Steitz's lab at Yale University, where he studied the structural enzymology of DNA polymerases. Following the award of his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Dr. Brautigam's postdoctoral work was in the laboratory of Johann Deisenhofer at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. While in Dr. Deisenhofer's lab, he determined the three-dimensional structures of proteins involved in neuroplasticity (synapsins) and blue-light sensing in plants (cryptochromes). It was at this time that Dr. Brautigam first developed an interest in analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC). In 2007, he joined the faculty of UTSW, advancing to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Biophysics in 2012. Dr. Brautigam is also the director of the Macromolecular Biophysics Resource, a core laboratory offering training in and access to a variety of biophysical techniques. He has served as an instructor at AUC workshops around the world for over eight years. Additionally, Dr. Brautigam develops software for biophysical data processing, analysis, and presentation. These include REDATE and GUSSI, which both act on AUC data.