Assistant Professor and CPRIT Scholar, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at AustinBiography
David Taylor started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. There, he is the Director of the Sauer Structural Biology Laboratory and a member the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology and the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at Dell Medical School. His laboratory is focused on structural and mechanistic studies of CRISPR-Cas surveillance complexes and methods development for cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). David received his B.S. in Biochemistry summa cum laude from Syracuse University in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. with distinction in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University in 2013. In 2014, he joined the laboratories of Jennifer A. Doudna and Eva Nogales at the University of California, Berkeley as a Post-doctoral Fellow, where he studied the structures of CRISPR complexes using cryo-electron microscopy. He has won numerous awards during his short career. He's been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, an NSF Pre-doctoral Fellow, an NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, a Damon Runyon Fellow, a CPRIT Scholar, and an Army Young Investigator. He's received the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Mary Ellen Jones Dissertation Prize from the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. He also received the 2015 Outstanding Post-doctoral Fellow Award from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.