L-R: Kalina Hristova, Michael Paul, Sarah Kim, Nuala Del Piccolo, Fozia Ahmed, and Elmer Zapata Mercado (Photo: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography)L-R: Sarah Kim, Nuala Del Piccolo, Fozia Ahmed, and Elmer Zapata Mercado (Photo: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography)Kalina Hristova and Michael Paul (Photo: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography)L-R: Kalina Hristova, Michael Paul, Sarah Kim, Nuala Del Piccolo, Fozia Ahmed, and Elmer Zapata Mercado (Photo: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography)Kalina Hristova and Nuala Del Piccolo (Photo: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography)L-R: Michael Paul, Sarah Kim, Nuala Del Piccolo, Fozia Ahmed, and Elmer Zapata Mercado (Photo: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography)Names of Hristova lab members written in sand

Welcome to the research group for Dr. Kalina Hristova, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University!

The main focus of the research in Kalina Hristova’s laboratory is the structure and assembly of biological membranes. We study the thermodynamic and structural principles that underlie membrane protein folding and signal transduction across biological membranes.

We have been developing new tools to study the energetics of biomolecular interactions in biological membranes and the structure of thermally-disordered fluid membranes.

Our research has yielded new information pertaining to the physical principles behind complex biological processes and the mechanisms of pathogenesis in humans. We invite you to explore our current projects for a better understanding of the work we are performing.