Chemical Biology and Physiology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CBP-SURP)

Update 4/2: As of today our 2020 summer internship is cancelled. If you have any questions or you're interested in volunteer opportunities later in the year, [please email  We are excited to announce the 4th annual Chemical Biology and Physiology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CBP-SURP). CBP-SURP is a 9- week program designed to provide undergraduates research opportunities at the interface of chemistry, biology and physiology in the health sciences. 

Welcome new faculty

Braden Lobingier headshot

Braden Lobingier, PhD - We focus on one of the most prevalent drug targets in the human body, G protein-coupled receptors, and study this family of proteins with approaches ranging from chemical biology and genomics to in vitro reconstitution and proteomics.

Liman Zhang headshot in lab

Liman Zhang, PhDWe are interested in understanding the molecular mechenism of NLR (Nucleotide-binding domain and leucine rich repeat containing protein) signaling pathways in the immune system. NLR comprise a fascinating family that plays key roles in many immunological pathways from inflammation, anti-viral responses to gene transcription. We combine crystallography, cryo-EM techniques with biochemical and biophysical approaches to address the structural basis behind these functions, aim to provide fundamental knowledge that enables therapeutic applications to treat inflammatory diseases, immunodeficiency disorders, and cancer.

Cohen lab research on SARS-CoV2 featured in LA Times

Research by Charles Brenner of the University of Iowa, Anthony Fehr of the University of Kansas and Michael Cohen of Oregon Health & Science University are examining the role of a substance central to cell metabolism, known as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD. Read more.

Scanlan lab awarded School of Medicine's Paper of the Month

Congratulations to the Scanlan lab, their paper Pharmacological Complementation Remedies an Inborn Error of Lipid Metabolism” published in Cell Chemical Biology was selected by Mary Heinricher, Ph.D., associate dean for research, as the school’s Paper of the Month.

Janelle Tobias awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Janelle Tobias

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, education or mathematics. Tobias is a graduate student in Dr. James Franks lab. Read more.

2019 Chemical Biology and Physiology Conference “a huge success”

Drs. Xiao, Schultz, Scanlan, Cohen, and Valiayveetil posing on stage

Top researchers in the fields of chemical biology and physiology were drawn to the 2019 Chemical Biology and Physiology Conference, hosted by OHSU and held Dec. 12-15 in the Knight Cancer Research Building. Read more.