Jerome M. Fox

Jerome M. Fox
Assistant Professor
(303) 735-3062



Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2012)
B.S., Johns Hopkins University (2007)


  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2008-2010
  • Lucien Brush Award for Excellence in Environmental Engineering, 2007
  • Vredenburg Scholar, University of Sydney, Australia, 2006

Selected Publications

  • Semenov SN, Kraft LJ, Ainla A, Zhao M, Baghbanzadeh M, Campbell VE, Kang K, Fox JM, and Whitesides GM (2016). Autocatalytic, bistable, oscillatory networks of biologically relevant organic reactions. Nature, 537 (7622), 656-660.
  • Fox JM, Kang K, Lockett MR, Baghbanzadeh M, Sherman W, Héroux A, Sastry M, Whitesides GM (2015). Interactions between Hofmeister Anions and the Binding Pocket of a Protein. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137 (11), 3859-3866.
  • Fox JM and Whitesides GM (2015). Warning Signals for Eruptive Events in Spreading Fires. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112 (8), 2378-2383.
  • Nemiroski A, Gonidec M, Fox JM, Jean-Remy P, Turnage E, and Whitesides GM (2014). Engineering Shadows to Fabricate Optical Metasurfaces. ACS Nano, 8 (11), 11061-11070.
  • Fox JM, Jess P, Jambusaria RB, Moo GM, Liphardt J, Clark DS, Blanch HW (2013). A Single-Molecule Analysis Reveals Morphological Targets for Cellulase Synergy. Nature Chemical Biology, 9 (6), 356-61.
  • Fox JM, Levine SE, Clark DS, and Blanch HW (2012). Initial- and Processive-Cut Products Reveal Cellobiohydrolase Rate Limitations and Role of Companion Enzymes. Biochemistry, 51, 442-452.
  • Levine SE, Fox JM, Blanch HW, and Clark DS (2010). A Mechanistic Kinetic Model of the Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Cellulose. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 107, 37-51.

Research Interests

The biological cell is, perhaps, the most impressive dissipative system found in nature. Operating far from equilibrium, the cell utilizes gradients in free energy to drive networks of chemical reactions that are staggeringly complex, yet tightly regulated in space and time. A detailed understanding of cellular function (and dysfunction) requires an understanding of the mechanisms by which individual reactions interact and organize themselves to sustain the higher-order biochemical processes (e.g. metabolism, cell division) that constitute cellular “life.” My group studies these mechanisms of interaction and organization (temporal and spatial) and uses them to interrogate, control, and rewire biochemical networks of relevance to human health, energy, and the environment.

My research program has three broad goals: (i) to develop physical and biochemical methods to study and control the activities of enzymes of metabolic relevance, (ii) to employ those methods to answer fundamental questions of cellular metabolism, human disease, and molecular recognition, and (iii) to apply those methods, and correspondingly evolved theories, to develop novel enzyme inhibitors and protein therapeutics, and to engineer biosynthetic pathways for the production of fuels and chemicals. My group employs concepts and techniques from physical chemistry, biochemistry, synthetic biology, optics, nanotechnology, and applied mathematics.