David A. Agard, PhD


Professor, Departments of Biochemistry/Biophysics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF; Scientific Director, Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology, and Quantitative Biomedical Research, UCSF/UC-Berkeley/UC-Santa Cruz


Phone: (415) 476-2521 (voice)
Box 2240, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-2240

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Yale University, New Haven, B.S., 1975, Molec. Biol. and Biophysics
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Ph.D., 1980, Biological Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral, 1980
MRC Laboratory, Cambridge, England, Postdoctoral, 1981-82

Professional Experience

  • 1975-1978
    National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology.
  • 1980
    Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. J.W. Sedat, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • 1981
    Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. R. Henderson, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England
  • 1983-1989
    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, UCSF
  • 1986-1989
    Assistant Investigator in Structural Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UCSF
  • 1989-1992
    Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, UCSF
  • 1986-1992
    Associate Investigator in Structural Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UCSF
  • 1992-present
    Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics and of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF
  • 1993-present
    Investigator in Structural Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute UCSF
  • 1995-present
    Chair, Graduate Group in Biophysics, UCSF
  • 2001-2002
    Director, Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology, and Quantitative Biomedical Research, University of California, San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Cruz
  • 2002-present
    Scientific Director, Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology, and Quantitative Biomedical Research, University of California, San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Cruz

Honors & Awards

  • 1975-1978
    National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow
  • 1976
    Dreyfus Travelling Fellowship
  • 1980-1982
    Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1983-1986
    Searle Scholar
  • 1983-1991
    Presidential Young Investigator's Award (NSF)
  • 1986
    Sidhu Award for Outstanding Contributions to Crystallography

Selected Publications

  1. Erb ML, Kraemer JA, Coker JK, Chaikeeratisak V, Nonejuie P, Agard DA, Pogliano J. A bacteriophage tubulin harnesses dynamic instability to center DNA in infected cells. Elife. 2014; 3.
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  2. Kirschke E, Goswami D, Southworth D, Griffin PR, Agard DA. Glucocorticoid receptor function regulated by coordinated action of the hsp90 and hsp70 chaperone cycles. Cell. 2014 Jun 19; 157(7):1685-97.
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  3. Street TO, Zeng X, Pellarin R, Bonomi M, Sali A, Kelly MJ, Chu F, Agard DA. Elucidating the mechanism of substrate recognition by the bacterial hsp90 molecular chaperone. J Mol Biol. 2014 Jun 12; 426(12):2393-404.
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  4. Prestegard JH, Agard DA, Moremen KW, Lavery LA, Morris LC, Pederson K. Sparse labeling of proteins: Structural characterization from long range constraints. J Magn Reson. 2014 Apr; 241:32-40.
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  5. Schax E, Walter JG, Märzhäuser H, Stahl F, Scheper T, Agard DA, Eichner S, Kirschning A, Zeilinger C. Microarray-based screening of heat shock protein inhibitors. J Biotechnol. 2014 Jun 20; 180:1-9.
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  6. Zehr EA, Kraemer JA, Erb ML, Coker JK, Montabana EA, Pogliano J, Agard DA. The Structure and Assembly Mechanism of a Novel Three-Stranded Tubulin Filament that Centers Phage DNA. Structure. 2014 Apr 8; 22(4):539-48.
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  7. Montabana EA, Agard DA. Bacterial tubulin TubZ-Bt transitions between a two-stranded intermediate and a four-stranded filament upon GTP hydrolysis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Mar 4; 111(9):3407-12.
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  8. Peng LX, Hsu MT, Bonomi M, Agard DA, Jacobson MP. The free energy profile of tubulin straight-bent conformational changes, with implications for microtubule assembly and drug discovery. PLoS Comput Biol. 2014 Feb; 10(2):e1003464.
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  9. Lavery LA, Partridge JR, Ramelot TA, Elnatan D, Kennedy MA, Agard DA. Structural Asymmetry in the Closed State of Mitochondrial Hsp90 (TRAP1) Supports a Two-Step ATP Hydrolysis Mechanism. Mol Cell. 2014 Jan 23; 53(2):330-43.
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  10. Mennella V, Agard DA, Huang B, Pelletier L. Amorphous no more: subdiffraction view of the pericentriolar material architecture. Trends Cell Biol. 2014 Mar; 24(3):188-97.
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  11. Gordon DA, Smith ME, Wratschko M, Agard D, Holden L, Wilcox S, Lazorchak JM. A new approach for the laboratory culture of the fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2014 Jan; 33(1):126-33.
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  12. Miao Y, Wong CC, Mennella V, Michelot A, Agard DA, Holt LJ, Yates JR, Drubin DG. Cell-cycle regulation of formin-mediated actin cable assembly. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 19; 110(47):E4446-55.
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  13. Arigovindan M, Fung JC, Elnatan D, Mennella V, Chan YH, Pollard M, Branlund E, Sedat JW, Agard DA. High-resolution restoration of 3D structures from widefield images with extreme low signal-to-noise-ratio. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Oct 22; 110(43):17344-9.
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  14. Heideman DA, Hesselink AT, van Kemenade FJ, Iftner T, Berkhof J, Topal F, Agard D, Meijer CJ, Snijders PJ. The Aptima HPV assay fulfills the cross-sectional clinical and reproducibility criteria of international guidelines for human papillomavirus test requirements for cervical screening. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Nov; 51(11):3653-7.
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  15. Li X, Zheng SQ, Egami K, Agard DA, Cheng Y. Influence of electron dose rate on electron counting images recorded with the K2 camera. J Struct Biol. 2013 Nov; 184(2):251-60.
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  16. Li X, Mooney P, Zheng S, Booth CR, Braunfeld MB, Gubbens S, Agard DA, Cheng Y. Electron counting and beam-induced motion correction enable near-atomic-resolution single-particle cryo-EM. Nat Methods. 2013 Jun; 10(6):584-90.
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  17. Genest O, Reidy M, Street TO, Hoskins JR, Camberg JL, Agard DA, Masison DC, Wickner S. Uncovering a region of heat shock protein 90 important for client binding in E. coli and chaperone function in yeast. Mol Cell. 2013 Feb 7; 49(3):464-73.
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  18. Abrahamsson S, Chen J, Hajj B, Stallinga S, Katsov AY, Wisniewski J, Mizuguchi G, Soule P, Mueller F, Dugast Darzacq C, Darzacq X, Wu C, Bargmann CI, Agard DA, Dahan M, Gustafsson MG. Fast multicolor 3D imaging using aberration-corrected multifocus microscopy. Nat Methods. 2013 Jan; 10(1):60-3.
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  19. Ozyamak E, Kollman J, Agard DA, Komeili A. The bacterial actin MamK: in vitro assembly behavior and filament architecture. J Biol Chem. 2013 Feb 8; 288(6):4265-77.
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  20. Schneidman-Duhovny D, Rossi A, Avila-Sakar A, Kim SJ, Velázquez-Muriel J, Strop P, Liang H, Krukenberg KA, Liao M, Kim HM, Sobhanifar S, Dötsch V, Rajpal A, Pons J, Agard DA, Cheng Y, Sali A. A method for integrative structure determination of protein-protein complexes. Bioinformatics. 2012 Dec 15; 28(24):3282-9.
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