Susan S. Taylor, Ph.D.

Susan S. Taylor, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of Pharmacology (University of California, San Diego)

B.A. (1964) – University of Wisconsin, Madison (Chemistry)
Ph.D. (1968) – The Johns Hopkins University (Physiological Chemistry)
Postdoctoral Fellow (1969) – Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Postdoctoral Fellow (1971) – University of California, San Diego, (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)


Susan Taylor is a protein chemist and structural biologist. Rising from the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence in the Chemistry Department (1972) to full Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry (1985) and Professor of Pharmacology (2004), her research led to solving the crystal structure of the first protein kinase in 1991, providing a template for this entire family of essential regulatory enzymes. Understanding the molecular basis for function, visualizing this one protein kinase and its structure, function, and dynamics and translating that information to other related protein kinases continues to provide an ideal interdisciplinary system for coupling technological advances in computation and biophysics with exciting biological questions. 

Taylor is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1996), American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994), Institute of Medicine (1997), a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (1993), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (2008). She won the 2010 FASEB Excellence in Science Award and has published over 300 articles. Her research has been funded by NIH, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and NSF. She is a past president of American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and served on the Board of Counselors for the National Cancer Institute, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIDDK, and GM Council for NIH.