Eric Ortlund, PhD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Eric Ortlund, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Ortlund is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics Research Program at Winship.


Dr. Ortlund earned his PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of South Carolina. After obtaining his PhD, Dr. Ortlund completed postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a postdoctoral fellowship at Lineberger Cancer Center.


Dr. Ortlund's lab uses sophisticated structural, biochemical and cellular techniques to study how lipids and hormones regulate genes. They focus on transcription factors, enzymes and receptors that play central roles in development, cancer, stress and metabolism. The Ortlund lab also studies how tight molecular partnerships evolve.


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Dr. Ortlund's awards and honors include the following:

  • The W. M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Grant
  • American Crystallographic Association Margaret C. Etter Early Career Award

  • Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Award for Junior Faculty

  • Department of Biochemistry, Emory University Outstanding Teaching Award

  • Lineberger Comprehensive Center NIH NSRA Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Bayer Corporation Award for Excellence in Chemistry

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