Emad Tajkhorshid is Hastings Endowed Chair in Biochemistry, as well as holds additional appointments across multiple colleges and units that include Beckman Institute, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Pharmacology, Biophysics and Quantitative Biology, Computational Science and Engineering, and the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine. He joined the faculty of Biochemistry (LAS) and Pharmacology (UI COM) in 2007 and was fast tracked to associate professor with tenure in 2010 and then again to the rank of professor in 2013. His tenure dossier was selected as one of the two top UIUC tenure cases on campus. In 2015, Professor Tajkhorshid was named a University of Illinois Scholar, after being nominated by both UIUC and UIC campuses. In 2016, he was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award from the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Later that year he was named Endowed Chair in Biochemistry.
Professor Tajkhorshid directs the NIH P41 Biotechnology Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on developing advanced computational techniques and applying them to characterization of membrane protein function, with the aim of achieving the most detailed microscopic view of structural and dynamical bases underlying biological function. Major areas of his extensive research portfolio, which have enjoyed continuous support from multiple federal funding agencies (NIH, NSF, DOE, DOD) over many years, include mechanistic studies of membrane transport proteins, e.g., the muti-drug resistance protein P-glycoprotein, principles of energy transduction and coupling in bioenergetic proteins, and lipid modulation of protein function, e.g., in signaling proteins such as RAS associated with the cellular membrane. Dr. Tajkhorshid has authored over 200 research articles (H-index 63) with over 23,000 citations. He has served on the Editorial Boards of multiple major journals, including Biophysical Journal, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and PLoS Computational Biology, and Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication.