Profile Picture of Loren Hough
Associate Professor • Faculty Director for DEAI in the Graduate School

Office: D214, JSC Biotech Bldg

Lab: Located in JSCBB C wing, 2nd floor


I currently study intrinsically disordered proteins using solution and in cell nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR).   In cell NMR is a technique to study the structure and dynamics of proteins within living cells. Proteins containing disordered domains perform many important cellular functions.  My lab currently has two main projects, one to dissect the role of tubulin's C-terminal tail in microtubule structure and functions.  The second focuses on how intrinsically disordered proteins respond to cellular stress.  In addition to NMR, we use microscopy, modeling and other biophysical techniques complemented with modeling to approach these systems. 


  • PhD Physics, University of Colorado Boulder, 2007
  • Graduate work, University of California Santa Barbara, 2001-2002
  • BA Physics, magna cum laude with highest honors, Harvard University, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2019
  • Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, 2016
  • Diversity Service Recognition Award by the Chancellors Committee on Race and Ethnicity to CU Cafe, 2016
  • IMPART Grant recipient, CU Boulder, 2015
  • Boettcher Investigator in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Award, Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Subgroup of the Biophysical Society, 2011
  • Charles H. Revson Fellowship in Life Sciences, 2010
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009
  • Glenn Brown Prize, International Liquid Crystal Society, 2008
  • Trainee, NIH Biophysics Training Grant (T32-CU Boulder), 2006-2007
  • GAANN Fellowship, Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center, CU Boulder, 2005-2006
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2002-2005
  • Broida and GAANN Fellowships, Physics Department, UC Santa Barbara 2001-2002
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2000
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship, 1998


Note: Publications may not be up to date.  Please check ORCID ID or my google scholar profile for a complete list.