Dr. Brian D. Strahl

Dr. Brian D. Strahl

Vice Chair, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, UNC School of Medicine

Chromatin and Epigenetics

Currently employed at UNC School of Medicine, UNC CHapel Hill

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    Brian Strahl is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He was promoted to this position after having worked as an Associate Professor in the Department from 2008 to 2014. Brian Strahl also holds a secondary position at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and is the faculty director of the UNC High-Throughput Peptide Synthesis and Array Core Facility. In 2016, he became the Vice Chair in his home department. Brian Strahl completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of Virginia’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics where he studied the fundamentals of chromatin structure and function. Before that, he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University where he studied gene regulation of the FSH-beta gene. In 1993, Brian Strahl graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology. Over the course of his career, Dr. Strahl has been honored with various awards. He was named a Jefferson-Pilot Fellow in Academic Medicine at UNC, was awarded a National Institutes of Health EUREKA grant for studying the molecular basis of the 'histone code', received a Ruth and Phillip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, and was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Most recently, Dr. Brian Stahl was named an Oliver Smithies Investigator at UNC (2018). In addition to his academic and science duties, Dr. Strahl serves an editorial board member of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Epigenetics and Chromatin, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for a wide number of scientific journals. Brian Strahl also started the UNC Chromatin and Epigenetics program,, which brings UNC Chapel Hill researchers interested in chromatin and epigenetics together.



Vice Chair, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics

At UNC School of Medicine

From January 2016 to Present


At UNC CHapel Hill

From April 2014 to Present

Associate Professor

At UNC Chapel Hill

From 2008 to 2014


Assistant Professor, UNC/CHAPEL HILL

From 2001 to 2008

University Of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va

Postdoctroal Fellow, University of Virginia

From August 1998 to December 2001

UNC Greensboro, Greensboro

B.A., UNC Greensboro

From August 1988 to August 1993


  • Epigenetics, Chromatin
  • Gene Regulation
  • Histone Post-tranlational Modifications

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