Matt Whorton, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Vollum Institute
  • Assistant Scientist, Vollum Institute


Matt Whorton, Ph.D., graduated from Duke University in 2001 with a B.S. in Biology and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan in 2008. He did postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University before joining the Vollum Institute in 2013. He was an assistant scientist at the Vollum until his departure in June 2020.
The Whorton Lab is interested in understanding detailed mechanisms of how membrane proteins—ion channels, transporters, and receptors—function. Cells have developed many ways to get nutrients, ions, and signaling information across the barrier of the lipid membrane. This places membrane proteins as central players in many physiological processes and makes them important drug targets.


  • B.S., 2001, Duke University
  • Ph.D., 2008, University of Michigan

Honors and awards

  • American Asthma Foundation Scholar Award (2016)

Areas of interest

  • x-ray crystallography
  • ion channels and transporters
  • structural biology
  • signal transduction
  • membrane proteins
  • electrophysiology



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