F. Jon Kull

Academic Appointments

Rodgers Professor of Chemistry
Dean of the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies

F. Jon Kull ’88 is Dean of the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth College and the inaugural holder of the Rodgers Professorship at Dartmouth College.

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An internationally known structural biologist and biochemist, Kull joined Dartmouth’s chemistry faculty in 2001.  His research in structural biology and biophysics focuses on the mechanism of molecular motor proteins and the proteins involved in the regulation of bacterial virulence. Kull teaches undergraduate chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysical chemistry, and has supervised graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and the Molecular and Cellular Biology programs.  In 2010, he was awarded the Dean of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Advising. In 2012 he was named a DCAL Faculty Fellow by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning for his efforts in leading a monthly Teaching Science Seminar, as well as his work in “flipping” his general chemistry class.

Kull returned to Dartmouth as an assistant professor in 2001, was promoted to associate professor in 2007, and to full professor in 2012.  In 2012, Kull was appointed to the Rodgers Professorship at Dartmouth College, a new faculty chair endowed by former trustee T.J. Rodgers ’70 and appointed as Graduate Dean. He was recently reappointed as Dean of the Guarini School.

Kull has published his work in a number of high-profile journals, including Nature, Cell, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  He has served as an editorial board member for the Journal of Biological Chemistry and as a standing member of the NIH’s Bacterial Pathogenesis Study Section.

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107 Anonymous Hall / 304 Burke
HB 6128
A.B. Dartmouth College
Ph.D. University of California at San Francisco

Selected Publications

Sharyn A. Endow, F. Jon Kull and Honglei Liu. (2010)“Kinesins at a glance”. Journal of Cell Science . Oct 15;123(Pt 20):3420-4. PMID: 20930137

Yu Cheng Zhao, F. Jon Kull, Jared C. Cochran.“Modulation of the kinesin ATPase cycle by neck linker docking and microtubule binding”. Journal of Biological Chemistry . Aug 13;285(33):25213-20. PMCID: PMC2919084.

Elisabeth Heuston, C. Eric Bronner, F. Jon Kull and Sharyn A Endow. (2010)“A kinesin motor in a force-producing conformation”. BMC Structural Biology . Jul 5;10:19. PMCID: PMC2906495.

Lowden, M.J., K. Skorupski, M. Pellegrini, M.G. Chiorazzo, R.K. Taylor, and F.J. Kull. (2010) Structure of Vibrio cholerae ToxT reveals a mechanism for fatty acid regulation of virulence genes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA . Feb 16;107(7):2860-5. PMCID: PMC284031.

Cochran, J.C., Sindelar, C.V., Mulko, N.K., Collins, K.A., Kong, S.E., Hawley, R.S., and Kull, F.J. (2009) The ATPase Cycle of the Nonmotile Kinesin NOD Allows Microtubule Plus-End Tracking and Drives Chromosome Movement. Cell . Jan 9;136(1):110-22. PMID: 19135893.

Cochran, J.C., and Kull, F.J. (2008) Kinesin Motors: No Strain, No Gain. Cell. Sep 19;134(6):918-9. PMID: 18805085.

De Silva, R.S., Kovacikova, G., Lin, W., Taylor, R.K., Skorupski, K., and Kull, F.J. (2007) Crystal structure of the bacterial virulence gene regulator HapR, J. Bacteriology. Aug;189(15):5683-91.