James Hurley, PhD, is a professor of biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology at the University of California at Berkeley. He obtained his PhD in biophysics at University of California at San Francisco with Dr. Robert Stroud, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oregon with Dr. Brian Matthews. He was chief of the section on structural biology and cell signaling at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH, from 1992 to 2013, before moving to UC Berkeley.
Dr. Hurley’s research focuses on the structural, biochemical, and biophysical basis of autophagy, lysosomes, and endosomal sorting. His group has determined crystallographic and cryo-EM structures of many of the major protein complexes in these pathways, and carried out reconstitutions of their biochemical reactions. Dr. Hurley is a Hans Neurath awardee of the Protein Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.