dylan t. murray, ph.d ( cv )

I earned my Ph.D. in the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program at Florida State University. Working under the direction of Dr. Timothy A. Cross at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, I developed solid state nuclear magnetic resonance methods to characterize integral membrane protein structures in native-like lipid bilayers. After that, I pursued postdoctoral training with Dr. Robert Tycko in the Lab of Chemical Physics at the National Institutes of Health. While there, I determined a molecular structure for a protein fibril formed by the FUS RNA-binding protein (PDB code 5W3N), also using solid state nuclear magnetic resonance. Additional postdoctoral projects included characterizing a molecular chaperone interacting with a protein fibril and the investigation of a disease mutation that increases pathological aggregation in muscular dystrophy. In July 2018, I  joined the Chemistry Department at UC Davis as an Assistant Professor, part of a nuclear magnetic resonance faculty search.

yuuki wittmer

yuuki wittmer
chemistry ph.d. student

blake fonda

blake fonda
chemistry ph.d. student

I graduated with my B.S. in Chemistry from Westmont College where I researched the luminescent properties of vapor deposited small-molecule adlayers under ultrahigh vacuum. Currently, I use biophysical techniques including but not limited to solid-state NMR and various microscopies to study protein phase separation and aggregation behavior. My hobbies include coffee roasting, road and trail races, and reading literature.


khaled jami

khaled jami
chemistry ph.d. student

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estely carranza
chemistry ph.d. student (Chemical biology t32 scholar)

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kayla osumi
chemistry ph.d. student

daniel farb
chemistry ph.d. student

I graduated with my B.S. in Chemical Biology from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA in 2019. While there, I researched the chemical and mechanical oscillatory behavior of polymeric hydrogels using computational modeling in Professor Irving Epstein’s lab. After graduating, I came to Davis and worked as a Bioanalytical Chemist at Arcadia Biosciences before joining the Chemistry Department at UC Davis. In the Murray Lab, I am interested in using a variety of NMR techniques to study the structure and interactions of intrinsically-disordered proteins. My hobbies are playing tennis, watching football, and exploring Northern California.

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nickolaus batrony
chemistry m.s. student

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jason yi
chemistry undergraduate student

nicholas robertson
biochemistry undergraduate student

I’m originally from San Diego, CA and started attending UC Davis in 2019. I’m currently majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Environmental Toxicology. Outside of school I enjoy watching movies and photography when the weather is good. After graduating, I plan to attend the UC Davis forensic science graduate school.

you have a bright future in the murray lab at uc davis

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In the Murray Lab, you will receive training that will prepare you for an exciting future! If you are interested in a career at the interface of chemistry, biology, and physics, check out our job opportunities page.

lab alumni

coyla munson

coyla munson, m.s. (2022)

Pursuing a career in environmental stewardship

hillary sutton

hillary sutton, m.s. (2022)

Pursuing a career in nutrition.

I graduated with my B.S. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014, then worked as an ORISE fellow at the Centers for Disease Control on a caffeine study for a national health survey (NHANES) before coming to UC Davis. I love being outside hiking & climbing and crafting things like silversmithing & photography. I’m interested in bioinorganic chemistry and human health and nutrition.


catelynn ridge, b.s. (2022)
chemistry, marc scholar

Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis


truc le, b.s. (2022)
data science

Pursuing a career in data science


neal iyengar, b.s. (2021)

Dental student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas


rong hu, b.s. (2021)

Ph.D. student at Pennsylvania State University



natalie boulos, b.s. (2020)

Scientist at Novozymes


rebecca rafique, b.s. (2020)
pharmaceutical chemistry

Postbac at the National Insititutes of Health



rachelle stowell, b.s. (2020)
chemical physics

Ph.D. student at the University of Washington

group photos

murraylab 2022

murray lab summer 2019

murray lab 2020

murraylab 2020

a group of six people

murraylab 2019