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Brian Paegel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Florida Campus
Laboratory Website
(561) 228-2754

Scripps Research Joint Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine
Faculty, Graduate Program

Research Focus

All of contemporary biology and most chemistry is compartmentalized. For example, beakers, flasks or microplate wells spatially segregate individual chemical reactions. Likewise, membranes compartmentalize individual cells and subcellular organelles, tissues and organs organize the metabolism of multi-cellular organisms, and even organisms themselves are merely the vehicles for selfishly replicating genes in a population. Reaction vessels, seemingly innocuous entities, actually play starring roles in activities ranging from drug discovery laboratory automation and technology development to natural selection and the origins of life on Earth. We are broadly interested in the rational construction of microscopic reaction vessels and the interesting chemical and biological operations that we can conduct within their confines.


B.S., Chemistry, Duke University, 1998
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

Awards & Professional Activities

NSF CAREER Award (2013)
NIH Director's New Innovator Award (2011)
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (2007)
NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow (2004)


Pubmed Publication List