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Program Director


Dr. Michael Root, the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology PhD Program Director, is Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His research focuses on the structure and function of viral glycoproteins that promote fusion of viral and cellular membranes. Projects in his laboratory examine the triggered conformational transformations of these fusion proteins in order to develop novel antiviral therapeutics and vaccine candidates. Dr. Root’s office is 802 BLSB. He can be reached by phone at (215) 503-4564 and by e-mail at

Administrative oversight for the Program is provided by the Graduate Studies Committee: Gino Cingolani, PhD, John Pascal, PhD, Natalia Riobo, PhD, Philip Wedegaertner, PhD, Diane Merry, PhD, Andrew Aplin, PhD, Mark Fortini, PhD, Steven McMahon, PhD, Charles Scott, PhD, Edward Winter, PhD, and Michael Root, MD, PhD.

Joanne Balitzky is the Program Coordinator. Her office is 910 BLSB. Joanne can be reached by phone at (215) 503-6687 and by email at