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TJ Ha, M.A., Ph.D.

Taekjip Ha, M.A., Ph.D.

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Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry

Background

Dr. Taekjip Ha is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He uses sophisticated physical techniques to manipulate and visualize the movements of single molecules to understand basic biological processes involving DNA and other molecules.  His study is focused on pushing the limits of single molecule detection methods to study protein–nucleic acid and protein-protein complexes and the mechanical basis of their interactions and functions (both in vitro and in vivo) that are important for genome maintenance.

Dr. Ha received his undergraduate degree in physics from Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, in 1990.  He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Berkeley in 1996. After postdoctoral training at Stanford University, he was a physics professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for fifteen years before joining the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2015.

Dr. Ha serves as a member of editorial boards for Science, Cell, eLife, PRX, Structure, PCCP, Physical Biology and Cancer Convergence. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Titles

  • Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Education

Degrees

  • B.S., Seoul National University (Korea) (1990)
  • M.A., University of California (Berkeley) (California) (1991)
  • Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley) (California) (1996)

Research & Publications

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Outstanding Young Researcher Award, AKPA, 2001
  • Research Innovation Award, Research Corporation, 2001
  • Searle Scholars Award, 2001
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2002
  • Fluorescence Young Investigator Award, Biophysical Society, 2002
  • Cottrell Scholar, Research Corporation, 2003
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 2003
  • Elected Fellow, American Physical Society, 2005
  • Michael and Kate Bárány Award for Young Investigators, Biophysical Society, 2007
  • University Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • Ho-Am Prize in Science, Ho-Am Foundation, South Korea, 2011
  • Scientist of the Year, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association, 2012
  • Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2015
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2015

Professional Activities

  • Pioneer Award Review Panel, NIH, 2016 - 2016
  • Pioneer Award Review Panel, NIH, 2014 - 2014
  • Boards of Reviewing Editors, eLife, 2014
  • Editorial Boards, PRX, 2011
  • Boards of Reviewing Editors, Science, 2011
  • Program chair, Biophysical Society meeting, 2010
  • Editorial Boards, Cell, 2009
  • Co-chair, Gordon-sponsored conference on Single Molecule Approaches to Biology,, 2008
  • Editorial Boards, Biophysical Journal, 2007 - 2013
  • Co-proposed Gordon conference on Single Molecule Approaches to Biology, approved for summer 2006
  • Editorial Boards, Physical Biology, 2006
  • Editorial Boards, Structure, 2006

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Q&A with Taekjip Ha on Discovering Molecules’ Personalities

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