David W. Taylor

  • Associate Professor
  • Molecular Biosciences
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Our research focuses on how macromolecular machines assemble and function. Our current interests include understanding the structural basis for CRISPR RNA-guided adaptive immunity in prokaryotes and genome maintenance and double-strand DNA break repair in eukaryotes. To accomplish these goals, we directly visualize the structures of these protein-nucleic acid complexes using cryo-electron microscopy.

Research Areas

  • Biophysics or Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry

Fields of Interest

  • Structural Biology and Biophysics
  • System and Synthetic Biology
  • Biochemistry

Centers and Institutes

  • Center for Systems And Synthetic Biology
  • Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Graduate Programs


  • 2008 Syracuse University, B.S., summa cum laude, Biochemistry
  • 2010 Yale University, M.Phil., Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • 2013 Yale University, Ph.D., with distinction, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Advisor: Dr. Hong-Wei Wang



  • CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
  • Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology Outstanding Postdoc Award, University of California Berkeley
  • Damon Runyon Fellow, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
  • Mary Ellen Jones Dissertation Prize, Yale University
  • AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science, Science
  • Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Excellence in Teaching Award, Yale University
  • Yale Scientific Teaching Fellow, Yale University
  • NSF Predoctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation
  • Research Achievement and Academic Excellence Award, Syracuse University Biology Department
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, Barry M. Goldwater Foundation
  • Syracuse University Academic Merit Scholar