David M. Belnap, PhD

Research Interests

  • Cryogenic Electron Microscopy and Three-Dimensional Reconstruction (cryo-EM)
  • Structural Biology
  • Virology
  • Virus Assembly
  • Bacteriophages
  • Poliovirus
  • Polyomavirus
  • Papillomavirus
  • Tobacco mosaic satellite virus


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Biochemistry - Research Associate Professor

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-1242
  • Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building
    36 S. Wasatch, Room: 2501
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Research Statement

I am interested in the structure, function, assembly, and disassembly of viruses and cellular macromolecules. I am particularly interested in using structural techniques to understand virus cell-entry, assembly, and evolution. My primary research tool is cryogenic electron microscopy and three-dimensional reconstruction (cryo-EM). I am also interested in improving cryo-EM techniques. I currently serve as the director of the Electron Microscopy Core Laboratory at the University of Utah, where I work with many to help them image their samples. I am happy to be of service to them.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship National Institutes of Health
Structural Biology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Purdue University
Undergraduate Brigham Young University