Tamir Gonen

Latest News in the Gonen Laboratory

July 2019

We welcome Chi Nguyen as a postdoctoral fellow to our group. 

June 2019

Congratulations to Emma Danelius for being awarded the prestigeous Wenner Gren Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. 

January 2019

We welcome Emma Danelius as a postdoctoral fellow to our group. 

December 2019

MicroED is identified as a top 10 breakthrough in Science of 2019 by Science magazine. Summary here.  Breakthrough of the year semi finalist here

October 2018

Follow us on Twitter @gonenlab  #cryoem   #gonenlab   #MicroED

Our paper describing the use of MicroED for small molecule structure determination is featured as the cover article for ACS Central Science. HIghlights by Science translation medicine  Chemistry World  Wave Function  Sciece Science News  Phys Org  C&EN  NIH Directors Blog  C&EN Global  Nature  and by Caltech here and UCLA here. Science News. World Pharma News.  Medical News  AAAS  LA Business Journal  technology Network  Drug target review   Dectris  Nature news and views HHMI 

July 2018

The Gonen laboratory relocated to the University of California, Los Angeles. Our lab is part of the departments of Biological Chemistry and Physiology of the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

May 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Shian Liu, Postdoctoral Fellow in our lab, for winning two awards in recent weeks. Fellowship award - Cold Spring Harbor Asia meeting on Membrane Proteins Structure and Function; Outstanding poster presentation award - 2017 International Conference on Structural Biology.

January 2016

Follow MicroED on Twitter #MicroED.

Our work with MicroED was highlighted as "top research in 2015" by Chemical & Engineering News here.

September 2015

Our work on the toxic core of a-synuclein determined by MicroED has been published by Nature. You can find the paper here. Accompanying Nature News & Views here and an article in Chemical and Engineering News here. Highlights by Science Translation Medicine here, Medical Press here, and ALZForum here. Twitter blog here. C&EN.

June 2015

Our work, in collaboration with David Baker, on the design of self assembling protein two-dimensional lattices was published by Science. The article can be found here and a highlight by Nature Methods here.

January 2015

MicroED was highlighted as a "Method of the Year 2014" by Nature Methods. Article can be found here.

November 2014

Our structure and function study of sugar transport through the major facilitator superfamily member XylE has been published by Nature Communications. The article can be found here. A news feature written by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) can be found here.

October 2014

Our MicroED structure determination of catalase was published by eLife. The article can be found here.

September 2014

Congratulations to Brent Nannenga who won the Distinguished Young Scholar Seminar Award from the University of Washington ACES program. Details of the award can be found here.

July 2014

Tamir Gonen interviewes about MicroED and membrane biochemistry can be found at SBGrid here and HHMI Bulletin here. HHMI news can be found here.

November 2013

Our work on the structure and function of AKAP18-PKA complex was published by eLife. You can read the paper here.

Our work on MicroED was published by eLife. You can read the paper here. An accompanying podcast can be found here. This paper was highlighted by eLife insight here and by HHMI news here. The Guardian also published a news piece on this work here. A highlight by Nature Methods can be found here. Phys Org. 

July 2013

Our work on the structure and function on aquaporin-0 in complex with Ca2+/calmodulin was published by Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. You can read the paper here. The work was also highlighted by the National Eye Institute here and by UC Irvine communications department here. This work was also highlighted by the visible embryo here, Science Daily here and by Science here.

June 2013

Our work on the crystal structure of NarK, a Nitrate/Nitrite exchanger, was published by Nature. You can read the paper here. The work was also highlighted by Science here and a review published here

May 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Breanna Vollmar for successfuly completing her graduate studies and obtaining her PhD. Breanna will be moving onto Pharmacology in the next few weeks.

Our HCV IRES-40S cryo EM paper with Jeff Kieft was highlighted with a news feature from Science Daily here.

September 2012

Tamir Gonen became a Member of The Royal Society of New Zealand.

Megan Filbin Joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.

August 2012

Our work on the structure of purified yeast kinetochores was publisehd by Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. It was highlighted by Current Biology and by a news feature on the HHMI and JFRC websites. You can read the news feature here. The work was also featured as the cover article for NSMB.

February 2012

Our work on the AQP0 phosphorylation by PKA and its recruitment with AKAP2 is highlighted by Nature PSI Biology. The work was featured as the cover story for the January issue of EMBO Molecular Medicine.

October 2011

Fragment based phase extension in electron crystallography is published and highlighted by Nature PSI biology and Nature methods. This work is also highlighted by the Crystallography Times.


September 2011

The Gonen lab moved to the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn VA.


August 2011

TEMIMPS workshop on electron crystallography was held at the University of Washington School of Medicine from August 15-19.  Participants from around the world came to hear about electron crystallography, experience the crystallization, screening, data collection, analysis and structure determination. We thank all instructors for an enjoyable meeting.


February 2011

Dr. Minsun Park and Ms. Ripal Shah join the Gonen laboratory.

November 2010

Our paper on the structure of the nitrogen regulatory element NrpR has been highlighted by a news n views section, Nature PSI Biology as well as the Crystallography Times.

July 2010

The Trancontinental Electron Microscopy Initiative for Membrane Protein Structures (TEMIMPS) is funded by the National Institutes of Health. TEMIMPS is a consortium of electron crystallographers around the USA who came together with the aim of developing methodologies for membrane protein structure determination. The investigators are Drs David Stokes (PI), Iban Ubarretxena, Pawel Penczek, Andreas Engel and Tamir Gonen. A number of positions are now available and more information can be found on this site under "Employment" or at the TEMIMPS website.

June 2010

Matt Iadanza joins the Gonen laboratory as a graduate student and was awarded a Molecular Biophysics Training Grant support. Congratulations!

David Dranow graduated. Congratulations David - We will always miss you.

November 2009

Dr. Noah G Shuart and Ms. Susan ONiell join the Gonen laboratory.

Tamir's interview with HHMI's Bulletin November issue is published: "Membrane Awakening"

 October 30 2009

The Gonen Laboratory won 1st place in the local HHMI Halloween pumpkin carving competition.  



October 16 2009

The 3rd floor corridor party was a hit. This event was set to celebrate significant recent achievements by the 3rd floor laboratories: Kennedy, Merz, Morris and Gonen.


September 24 2009

Congratulations to Dr. Hongjin Zheng for obtaining his PhD. Hongjin is the first student to graduate from the Gonen laboratory.

September 1 2009

Our laboratory officially joins the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Tamir was selected as an HHMI Early Career Scientist.


May 2009

Breanna Vollmar and David Dranow were awarded the CMB Training Grant. Congratulations!


January 2009

The Gonen Laboratory is awarded a Career Development Award from the American Diabetes Association.