Headshot photo of Steve Reichow, Ph.D.<span class="profile__pronouns"> (he/him)</span>

Steve Reichow, Ph.D. (he/him)

  • Associate Professor of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry, School of Medicine
  • Scientist, Vollum Institute
  • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, School of Medicine
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine


Steve Reichow received his BSc degree from the University of St. Thomas, MN in 2001, and went on to the University of Washington where he received his PhD in 2006. After completing his post-doctoral training at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2014, Reichow joined Portland State University as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2020. Reichow came to Oregon Health & Science University in 2022, with joint appointments in the Department of Chemical Physiology & Biochemistry and the Vollum Institute. 

Research Interests
Research in the Reichow Lab is inspired by the molecular mechanisms driving biology. We apply cutting-edge methods in the high-resolution imaging technology of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), to unveil the inner-workings of individual protein molecules – nature’s nano-machines. Our lab is harnessing emerging technologies of cryo-EM, coupled with molecular dynamics simulations, biophysical analyses, and functional studies to elucidate the complex properties of these systems and how aberrant conditions lead to their misfunction. It is our hope that the atomic-level blueprints produced by our research to describe these processes will ultimately guide us toward the rational development of new tools (drugs) to effectively control and/or prevent disease. 

Reichow also currently serves as a Principal Investigator with the Pacific Northwest Center for Cryo-EM (PNCC), one of three national centers supported by the NIH. 

Education and training

    • B.Sc., 2001, University of St. Thomas
    • Ph.D., 2006, University of Washington

Areas of interest

  • Structural Biology
  • cryo-EM
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Membrane Channels
  • Protein Aggregation
  • Lens Biology