Gerard Marriott

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Professor, Bioengineering

274 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Mailcode 1762

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Research Interests

The Marriott Lab operates at the interface of chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering, is focused on understanding the molecular regulation of cellular processes and function, and improving human health. Active research projects underway in my group include establishing new principles and techniques for high-contrast imaging and optical manipulation of specific proteins in living cells and tissue, developing new smart biomaterials that mimic the extracellular organisms. The ultimate goal of these studies is to understand the molecular regulation of specific processes within living systems over multiple scales of biological organization, space and time, and to use this knowledge to develop drugs and therapies to improve human health.


  • 1990-1992 Postdoc., Keio University, Physics
  • 1987-1989 Postdoc., Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Biophysics
  • 1987 Ph.D., University of Illinois, Biochemistry
  • 1980 B.Sc. (Hons)., Birmingham University, UK, Biochemistry

Major Awards

  • Fluorescence Investigator Award. American Biophysics Society
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow
  • 2008 Top-ten Innovations for OLID-FRET – The Scientist magazine
  • Alexander von Humboldt Society Fellow

Professional Experience

  • 2014-present Co-Director, Center for Precision Medicine and Healthcare,
    Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute
  • 2009-present Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
  • 2009-present Faculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 1999-present Faculty Scientist, Computational and Theoretical Biology Department, Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2010-present Guest Professor. Tsinghua University Graduate School, Shenzhen, China
  • 2005-2009 Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2006-present Guest Professor. Department of Bioengineering, SouthEast University, Nanjing, China
  • 2005-2006 Visiting Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University
  • 1999-2005 Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology, University Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1992-1999 C3 Professor (nachwuchsgruppenleiter), Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany