Carlos Bustamante

“Division of Labor and Coordination Among the Subunits of a Viral Ring ATPase”

May 28, 2014

Carlos Bustamante’s research interest involves the development of novel methods of single-molecule manipulation and detection (such as optical tweezers and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy) and their application to study the behavior of DNA-binding molecular motors and the mechanical unfolding of globular proteins and RNAs. In addition, Scanning Force Microscopy (SFM) is used to investigate the structure of chromatin and the global structure of protein-nucleic acid complexes relevant to the molecular mechanisms of control of transcription in prokaryotes.


Dr. Bustamante is the Professor of Molecular & cell Biology, Physics and Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.