James Munro, PhD


Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology



BA, Physics & Mathematics, Middlebury College
MS, Physics, University of Chicago
PhD, Biophysics, Cornell University
Postdoctoral Training, Yale University School of Medicine


Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 412
Laboratory: Jaharis 401D

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-3561
Lab Phone: 617-636-4013
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Molecular Microbiology


Research Synopsis

My laboratory uses single-molecule fluorescence methods to understand the function of biological macromolecules in terms of conformational dynamics. We also want to understand how other molecules and environmental factors regulate macromolecular function through the modulation of those dynamics. Specifically, we aim to elucidate the function of the macromolecules that underlie the mechanisms of viral replication. By applying emerging single-molecule imaging technologies that are yielding new insights into macromolecular function, we hope to contribute to the development of novel strategies for inhibition of viral replication, and prevention of viral infection.


Lab Members

Rob Blakemore, MERGE-ID PhD Student in Molecular Microbiology Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Ben Brigham, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Dibyendu Das, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Natasha Durham, Postdoctoral Scholar  Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Ramesh Govindan, MD, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Angela Howard, MERGE-ID PhD Student in Molecular Microbiology  Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Fernando Senjobe, PREP Scholar Send an e-mail Lab Research Page

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research