Rama Ranganathan received his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from UC San Diego where he studied signal transduction in the invertebrate visual system. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, where he studied K+ channels, and at The Salk Institute, where he learned x-ray crystallography. He joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in 1997. Currently, Ranganathan is Professor and Director of the Green Center for Systems Biology at UT Southwestern and he is affiliated with the Departments of Biophysics and Pharmacology.
Ranganathan’s lab uses computational and experimental methods to study the structure, function and evolution of proteins at the atomic level. At the cellular level, his lab studies signal transduction in photoreceptor cells in the Drosophila eye. In both cases, the goal is to understand the evolutionary design of signaling systems.