Ph.D. Biochemistry and Physical Biology, Harvard University, 2012
B.S. Bioengineering, Cornell University, 2007


Email ……
Phone ….. 510-495-2470
Office …… 4510-AG
Bench ….. 4550-13
5885 Hollis St., 4th floor
Emeryville, CA 94608

Current Research

My research focuses on the function and evolution of cell membrane composition. I use synthetic biology to systematically manipulate lipid metabolism in order and study functional effects of membrane lipid composition using cell and systems biology approaches.

Selected Publications

  • Budin I, Prywes N, Zhang N, and Szostak JW. Chain-length heterogeneity allows for the assembly of fatty acid vesicles in dilute solutions. Biophysical Journal 107:1582-90 (2014).
  • Budin I, Debnath A, and Szostak JW. Concentration-Driven Growth of Model Protocell Membranes. Journal of the American Chemical Society 134: 20812–9 (2012).
  • Budin I and Devaraj NK. Membrane assembly driven by a biomimetic coupling reaction. Journal of the American Chemical Society 134:751-3 (2012).
  • Budin I and Szostak JW. Physical effects underlying the transition from primitive to modern cell membranes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108:5249-54 (2011).
  • Budin I and Szostak JW. Expanding roles for diverse physical phenomena during the origin of life. Annual Reviews of Biophysics 39:245-63 (2010).
  • Budin I, Bruckner RJ, and Szostak JW. Formation of protocell-like vesicles in a thermal diffusion column. Journal of the American Chemical Society 131:9628-9 (2009).


Miller Institute Junior Fellowship,  2012-2015

Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, 2012

Merit Fellowship, Harvard University, 2011

Meselson Prize,  Harvard University, 2009

James Mills Peirce Fellowship, Harvard University, 2008