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Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Biomolecular Dynamics, Structure and Function

Name Email Phone Room
Kamal  Shukla (703) 292-8440  655 S  
Robert  Burnap (703) 292-7582  655 S  
David  A. Rockcliffe (703) 292-7123  655 S  


PD 04-1144

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




The Biomolecular Systems Cluster, one of three thematic areas within the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, supports fundamental research in the areas of molecular biophysics, molecular biochemistry, and metabolic biochemistry. The cluster emphasizes the relationships between structure, function, and dynamics in studies of individual macromolecules, macromolecular complexes, and metabolic pathways. Research of interest to the cluster includes novel and creative projects addressing protein folding and dynamics, natively unfolded proteins, protein design, molecular recognition, enzymology, energy transformations in living systems, and the components, architecture and flux in metabolic pathways.  The cluster encourages research projects integrating theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches to discover and define basic molecular mechanisms, as well as projects developing cutting-edge technologies in the context of biological questions relevant to the cluster. The cluster also encourages multi-disciplinary research at the interface of biology with physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

Program Directors:

Kamal Shukla. Molecular biophysics; computational biology, NMR and spectroscopy.

Robert L. Burnap.  Metabolic biochemistry in bacteria and plants, protein structure-function, photosynthesis.

David Rockcliffe.  Molecular biochemistry; enzymology.


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program