Jamie Ellis

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Biochemistry

Phone:(607) 274-7104
Office: Ctr for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850


Spring 2015

  • Experimental Chemistry I Laboratory (CHEM 12400)

  • Topics in Biochemistry (BIOC 48100)

  • Experimental Biochemistry (BIOC 41000)

Fall 2014

  • Biochemistry I: Protein Structure and Function (BIOC 35300)

  • Chemical Biology: Noncovalent Interactions (CHEM 48107)

  • Biophysical Chemistry: Spectroscopy of Proteins (CHEM 48108)

  • Principles of Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 12100)

  • Chemistry Seminar (CHEM 48700)


I have long been fascinated with the motion of biomolecules, from the peptide bond to complex machines. In my research lab, we combine biophysical and biochemical techniques to get a close chemical view into biological systems. We explore both disordered and folded protein domains involved in transcription regulation. In particular, we utilize the powerful combination of fluorescence and NMR spectroscopies. Our current research targets three domains within the auxin response factor family of proteins, key to the hormonal growth regulation of a number of food and fuel crops. We will use this system to (1) characterize the intrinsically disordered, glutamine-rich, proteins so common to transcription factors and (2) define the structural basis of specificity in protein:protein interactions or protein:DNA interactions within a set of highly similar proteins.


  • B.S. Chemistry, University of California—Berkeley, 2003

  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, 2009-2014


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