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John Marko

Professor / Joint with Molecular Biosciences

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989

Professor Marko works on the application of statistical mechanics and polymer physics to biophysical problems, and in particular to micromechanical studies of DNA, DNA-protein interactions, and chromosome structure. At present Prof. Marko's research group carries out both experimental and theoretical research.

Awards and Honors

  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award

Selected Publications

  • Bai H, Sun M, Ghosh P, Hatfull GF, Grindley ND, Marko JF.
    Single-molecule analysis reveals the molecular bearing mechanism of DNA strand exchange by a serine recombinase.
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 108, 7419-24 (2011)
  • D. Skoko, J. Yan, R. C. Johnson, and J.F. Marko
    Low-Force DNA Condensation and Discontinuous High-Force Decondensation Reveal a Loop-Stabilizing Function of the Protein Fis
    Physical Review Letters 95, 208101 (2005)
  • J. Yan, R. Kawamura, and J. F. Marko
    Statistics of Loop Formation along Double Helix DNAs
    Physical Review E71, 061905 (2005)
  • J. F. Marko and S. Cocco
    The Micromechanics of DNA
    Physics World 16, No.3, p 37 (2003)
  • M. G. Poirier and J. F. Marko
    Mitotic Chromosomes are Chromatin Networks Without an Internal Protein Scaffold
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 99, 15393 (2002)
  • Link to PubMed listing of Marko publications