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Elizabeth Fong



Research in the Imperiali Group is concerned with the diverse aspects of protein structure, function and design. The lab employs a multidisciplinary approach involving synthesis, state-of-the-art spectroscopy, molecular modelling, enzymology, and molecular biology to address fundamental problems at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Barbara Imperiali

Department of Biology

and Department of Chemistry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Rm 68-380

Cambridge, MA 02139


Barbara Imperiali

Barbara Imperiali is the Class of 1922 Professor of Biology and Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Imperiali received her B.Sc. at University College London.  She then proceeded to earn her Ph.D. working under the supervision of Professor Satoru Masamune.  Following this, she carried out postdoctoral studies at Brandeis University with the late Professor Robert Abeles.  Dr. Imperiali began her career as an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University in 1986.  In 1989, she joined the faculty at the California Institute of Technology where she earned the rank of Professor of Chemistry in 1997.  In 1999, Professor Imperiali assumed her current appointment as Professor of Biology and Professor of Chemisty at MIT.