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Michael Marletta, Ph.D.

President & CEO
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Chair in Chemistry
Professor
Department of Chemistry
California Campus
Laboratory Website
marletta@scripps.edu
(858) 784-8800

Scripps Research Joint Appointments

Faculty, Graduate Program

Research Focus

Marletta's primary research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology with emphasis on the study of protein function and enzyme reaction mechanisms. Marletta has made fundamental discoveries concerning the biological action of nitric oxide.  His studies have provided the basis for understanding at the molecular level of this unique cell signaling pathway and the function of nitric oxide in the immune system.  He has uncovered several novel structure/function relationships in nitric oxide synthase and guanylate cyclase. His continued studies on NO signaling have recently led to a molecular understanding of general gas sensing mechanisms in biology. 

Education

Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco, 1978
A.B., Chemistry and Biology, S.U.N.Y. College at Fredonia, 1973

Professional Experience

1980 – 86 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Applied Biological Sciences, M.I.T.
1986 – 87 Associate Professor, Dept. of Applied Biological Sciences, M.I.T.
1987 – 91 Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Univ. of Michigan College of Pharmacy
1989 – 91 Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry, Univ. of Michigan Medical School
1991 – 01 John G. Searle Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Univ. of Michigan College of Pharmacy
1991 – 01 Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Univ. of Michigan Medical School
1997 – 01 Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2001- present Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, U.C. Berkeley
2001- present Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, U.C. San Francisco
2001- present Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2001- present Co Director, Chemical Biology Graduate Program, U.C. Berkeley
2002- present Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor, U.C. Berkeley
2005- 2010 Joel Hildebrand Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, U.C. Berkeley
2011- 2012 Professor and President Elect, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
2012 - present President and CEO, Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Chair in Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

Awards & Professional Activities

1991, George H. Hitchings Award for Innovative Methods in Drug Discovery and Design
1992, Faculty recognition Award, The University of Michigan
1992, Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, S.U.N.Y. College at Fredonia
1995, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
1996, S.U.N.Y. Alumni Honor Roll
1997, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
1999, Member, Institute of Medicine
2000, Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research
2000, State of Michigan Scientist of the Year
2000, Chautauqua Institution, Lecture Platform Speaker
2000, Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, University of Michigan
2001, Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2004, Harrison-Howe Award Recipient
2006, Member, National Academy of Sciences
2007, Repligen Award, Division of Biological Chemistry of the American Chemical Society
2007, Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest
2007, Emil Thomas Kaiser Award of the Protein Society
2008, Murray Goodman Memorial Prize
2009, Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry