Steve is extraordinarily honored to be named the latest Hamilton Kuhn Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.  This endowed chair was previously held by some giants in biochemistry: Chris Walsh, Gene Kennedy, Albert Baird Hastings, and Otto Folin. Talk about big shoes to fill!


We're going to miss them a lot, but we're very proud of our two lab techs, Gabby Giordano and Kai Torrens.  Gabby is leaving to start her MD/PhD studies at SUNY Downstate and Kai will be joining the Harvard Physics PhD program.  All the best to both of you!   Stepping into their shoes is Max VanDyck, who just got his undergrad degree in biochemistry from Vassar.  Welcome, Max!


The Buratowski Lab held a Reunion Symposium and Lab Reunion to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Steve's appointment at Harvard.   In addition to the great talks from lab alumni, we heard from special guests Phil Sharp, Fred Winston, and Kevin Struhl. Afterwards, we held a celebration banquet and many in the group finished the night at our favorite pub, The Squealing Pig.  You can watch Steve's talk summarizing the lab's history.




AAAS Fellow

Steve was elected as a member of the 2022 class of Fellows at the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected 505 scientists, engineers and innovators from around the world and across all disciplines to the 2022 class of AAAS Fellows, one of the most distinguished honors within the scientific community. The newly elected Fellows are being recognized for their scientific and socially notable achievements spanning their careers." 


To  facilitate our single-molecule microscopy work, we created a new set of modular vectors for tagging yeast proteins a SNAP, CLIP, HALO, and DHFR fusions.  Check out our paper in the journal G3: "A set of Saccharomyces cerevisiae integration vectors for fluorescent dye labeling of proteins".  The plasmids are available from or directly from our lab.


Vector map


We're so proud of Natalia Orlovsky, this year's valedictorian at Princeton University!  Natalia was a 2019 BCMP Summer Scholar in the Buratowski lab, and will be joining Harvard Medical School's BBS class this fall. Congratulations, Natalia!




We're delighted to welcome Urmi's new baby!  Our lab Baby Shower on Feb 28 was just in time, as little Urja arrived on March 11th!  Mom, dad, and baby are all doing well!

Urmi shower


Watch Steve's recent presentation of our single molecule studies at the Fragile Nucleosome series.


Steve on Fragile Nucleosome



Yoo Jin Joo's mass spec analysis of transcription complexes revealed that the uncharacterized protein Gds1 is recruited to promoters, and biochemical and genomic experiments indicate Gds1 functions to modulate histone H4 acetylation by the NuA4 complex, particularly at ribosomal promoter genes.  See our new paper in Molecular and Cellular Biology for details!