Dylan T. Murray

Dylan Murray

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry
Affiliated Faculty, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Chemistry 208

Research Interests

Structure, function, and dynamics of macromolecular assemblies

The Murray Lab is interested in the physical properties of condensed phases of biological macromolecules that assemble into membraneless organelles and pathogenic aggregates in living cells and tissues. We use nuclear magnetic resonance, fluorescence, electron microscopy, calorimetry, and other tools of physical chemistry to examine the structural, thermodynamic, and kinetic properties of these assemblies. Our results are important for understanding biological processes in RNA metabolism and aggregation pathways in neurodegenerative diseases. In another avenue of research, we collaborate with the Joint BioEnergy Institute at the Berkeley Lab, where we use spectroscopy to examine bioengineered plants for use as novel biofuels.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Recognition
  • Cell Division and the Cytoskeleton
  • Cellular Responses to Toxins and Stress
  • Chromosome Dynamics and Nuclear Function
  • Computational and Theoretical Biology
  • Dynamics and Biophysical Engineering
  • Gene Regulation
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Plant Molecular Biology RNA, Structural Biology


  • CHE107A - Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • CHE216 - Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Honors and Awards

  • PRAT Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health
  • Graduate University Fellow, Florida State University

    Professional Societies

    • American Chemical Society
    • Biophysical Society


    • B.S. Physics, State University of New York
    • Ph.D. Florida State University


    1. Murray, D.T., Zhou, X., Kato, M., Xiang, S., Tycko, R., and McKnight, S.L. (2018) Structural characterization of the D290V mutation site in hnRNPA2 low-complexity-domain polymers. PNAS. 115, E9782-E9791.

    2. Murray, D.T., Kato, M., Lin, Y., Thurber, K.R., Hung, I., McKnight, S.L., and Tycko, R. (2017) Structure of FUS protein fibrils and its relevance to self-assembly and phase Separation of low-complexity domains. Cell. 171, 615-627. Cover Article.

    3. Walti, M.A., Schmidt, T., Murray, D.T., Wang, H., Hinshaw, J.E., and Clore, G.M. (2017) Chaperonin GroEL accelerates protofibril formation and decorates fibrils of the Het-s prion protein. PNAS. 114, 9104-9109.

    4. Murray, D.T., Griffin, J., and Cross, T.A. (2014) Detergent optimized membrane protein reconstitution in liposomes for solid state NMR. Biochemistry. 53, 2454-2463.

    5. Murray, D.T., Li, C., Gao, F.P., Qin, H., and Cross, T.A. (2014) Membrane protein structural validation by oriented sample solid-state NMR: diacylglycerol kinase. Biophys. J. 106, 1559-1569.

    6. Das, N., Murray, D.T., Miao, Y., and Cross, T.A. (2014) Helical Membrane Protein Strategy for Success. In Advances in Biological Solid-State NMR: Proteins and Membrane Active Peptides. Eds. F. Separovic and A. Naito, Royal Society of Chemistry, 320-352.

    7. Murray, D.T., Hung, I., and Cross, T.A. (2013) Assignment of oriented sample NMR resonances from a three transmembrane helix protein. J. Magn. Reson. 240, 34-44.

    8. Das, N., Murray, D.T., and Cross, T.A. (2013) Lipid bilayer preparations of membrane proteins for oriented and magic angle spinning solid-state NMR samples. Nat. Prot. 8, 2256-2270.

    9. Cross, T.A., Murray, D.T., and Watts, A. (2013) Helical membrane protein conformations and their environment. Eur. Biophys. J. 42, 731-755.

    10. Murray, D.T., Das, N., and Cross, T.A. (2013) Solid state NMR strategy for characterizing native membrane protein structures. Acc. Chem. Res. 46, 2172-2181. 

    11. Murray, D.T., Lu, Y., Cross, T.A., and Quine, J.R. (2011) Geometry of kinked protein helices from NMR data. J. Magn. Reson. 210, 82-89.