Justin Chartron

Justin W. Chartron Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, 2017
Ph.D., Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, California Institute of Technology, 2013
B.S., Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego, 2006

Research Areas

Quantitative systems biology
Biophysics of protein maturation
Molecular and cellular engineering
Biopharmaceutical production

Contact Information

Department of Bioengineering

Dr. Chartron’s research group is interested in how a biological cell acts as a system to assemble proteins, and his group applies this knowledge to improve yields of engineered proteins. The group develops high-throughput strategies to survey protein production from many industrially significant organisms. The group then uses machine learning and other computational tools to discover the genetic features associated with high levels of protein production. Dr. Chartron is also interested in designing control systems to rapidly remodel production and degradation pathways within a cell. By better understanding how cells function, his group can develop rational strategies to improve the manufacturing of commercially important proteins like enzymes, materials, and therapeutics.

Prior to joining UC Riverside, Dr. Chartron was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He developed systems-level experiments that gave insight into how molecular chaperones and protein targeting factors interact with every gene product in a cell. Dr. Chartron’s graduate work at Caltech focused on the molecular mechanisms of protein targeting factors.