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Bryan C. Dickinson

Professor Dickinson earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2005, where he pursued research with Professor David Fushman. He then obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010 for work performed with Professor Christopher Chang. His graduate work focused on the synthesis and application of small molecule fluorescent probes for the detection of hydrogen peroxide in living systems. Then, as a Jane Coffin Childs Memorial postdoctoral fellow with Professor David Liu at Harvard University, he developed new methods to rapidly evolve proteins to perform novel functions. Bryan joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in the Department of Chemistry in the Summer of 2014 and is a member of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2019 and Professor in 2023.



  • 2024 Research Award, The University of Maryland Alumni Association

  • 2022 ACS Chemical Biology Young Investigator Award link

  • 2020 Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service in the Physical Sciences Division, University of Chicago link

  • 2019 40 Under 40 Chicago Scientist, HaloCures

  • 2019 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

  • 2018 NSF CAREER Award

  • 2017 Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship

  • 2014 Young Investigator Award, Cancer Research Foundation

  • 2013 American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award

  • 2011 Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Fellowship

  • 2011 NIH Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)

  • 2010 Ash Stevens Outstanding Poster Award, Bioorganic Gordon Research Conference

  • 2005 Departmental Honors, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park

  • 2005 Honors Citation, Environmental Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

  • 2005 Alpha Chi Sigma Award, University of Maryland, College Park

  • 2005 Spirit of Maryland Award Finalist, University of Maryland, College Park

  • 2005 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, University of Maryland, College Park

  • 2004 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship

  • 2003 Joint Institute of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Internship (FDA)

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