We study how cells adapt at the molecular level, focusing on the process of translation of cellular genetic information into protein molecules. Our analyses extend from the near-instantaneous cellular responses to environmental stress to the multi-million-year evolutionary divergence of species.

Our research concentrates on massive assembly of proteins and RNA in response to changes in the cellular environment. We exploit our biological discoveries by engineering self-assembling molecules to do useful work.

Today Allan received tenure at UChicago, with promotion to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2018.

Posted 15 Dec 2017 by Allan

Allan has received the 2018 Biopolymers In Vivo Junior Faculty Award from the BIV subgroup of the Biophysical Society.

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Allan

Chris won a poster prize for his work on the function of a phase-separating protein at our cluster retreat. Congratulations, Chris!

Posted 05 Nov 2017 by Allan

Josh has been awarded a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship for his final year. This award, for achievement and professional promise, is one of the University of Chicago’s highest honors. Congratulations, Josh!

Posted 26 May 2017 by Allan
Published 09 Mar 2017
Heat Shock Factor 1: from fire chief to crowd-control specialist
Triandafillou and Drummond Molecular Cell 2016
Published 07 Jul 2016
Published 05 Aug 2015
Dying mRNA tells a story of its life
Wallace and Drummond Cell 2015
Published 04 Jun 2015