Ph.D. Biochemistry and Physical Biology, Harvard University, 2012
B.S. Bioengineering, Cornell University, 2007
5885 Hollis St., 4th floor
Emeryville, CA 94608
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.
- 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