Rick Russell

Email: sanchez@che.utexas.edu

Rick Russell received an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Earlham College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University. After doing postdoctoral research at Stanford University, he joined the faculty in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2002. His research group uses biochemical and biophysical approaches, including single molecule fluorescence, to understand how RNAs fold to specific functional structures. Much of his group's current research is centered on understanding the mechanisms of proteins that function as RNA chaperones.


Chen, Y., Potratz, J.P., Tijerina, P., Del Campo, M., Lambowitz, A.M., and Russell, R. (2008) “DEAD-box Proteins can completely separate an RNA duplex using a single ATP” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105, 20203-20208.

Bhaskaran, H., and Russell R. (2007) “Kinetic redistribution of native and misfolded RNAs by a DEAD-box chaperone” Nature 449, 1014-1018.

Russell, R., Das, R., Suh, H., Travers, K., Laederach, A., Engelhardt, M., and Herschlag, D. (2006) “The paradoxical behavior of a highly structured misfolded intermediate in RNA folding” J. Mol. Biol. 363, 531-544