As associate dean for basic research, Anjon (Jon) Audhya, PhD, participates in leadership and oversight of research core resources and in the development and implementation of basic research programs.
Audhya has been a faculty member in the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry since 2008. He leads an internationally-recognized research program focused on fundamental mechanisms by which membrane proteins, lipids, and other macromolecules are transported throughout eukaryotic cells. His work uses interdisciplinary approaches and a variety of model systems to identify how biological membranes are manipulated in cells to enable organelle function and cargo transport. Audhya’s investigations focus on these processes both in healthy cells and organisms and in diseases such as certain cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, asthma and diabetes that involve dysfunction in macromolecular trafficking in cells.
He is an accomplished educator and mentor, leading a research group that includes numerous graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. Audhya has received the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, Shaw Scientist Award, the American Chemical Society Research Scholar Award, the Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award, and the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, among others. He serves as Principal Investigator of the NIH Pharmacology Training Grant and Director of the interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Training Program.
Audhya led the establishment of the school’s Optical Imaging Core Facility and has successfully obtained extramural funding for state-of-the art optical microscopy systems. Additionally, as chair of the faculty advisory committee of the campus Genome Editing and Animal Models core, he helped spearhead the use of CRISPR-based technologies to create novel models of human disease.
View his full biography on the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry website.