Zachary Campbell

Assistant Professor - Biological Sciences
Tags: Molecular Biology Cell Biology Biology Biochemistry and Biophysics

Research Areas

RNA-protein interactions
Translational control

News Articles

Researchers Devise Decoy Molecule to Block Pain Where It Starts
For anyone who has accidentally injured themselves, Dr. Zachary Campbell not only sympathizes, he’s developing new ways to blunt pain.

“If you have ever hit yourself with a hammer, afterward, even a light touch can be painful for days or even weeks,” said Campbell, who researches pain on the molecular level at The University of Texas at Dallas. “While many of us may not be coordinated enough to avoid an accident, my goal is to disrupt the inception and persistence of pain memories."
A Scientific Dating Game: Biologists Play RNA-Protein Matchmakers

Virtually all functions in our bodies require precise interactions between radically different types of molecules. The vast majority of the time, these encounters yield nothing, but a special few sustain life as we know it.

Team Creates Shape-Changing Material That Pushes Biological Boundaries
Combining the powers of the living and the inanimate, an interdisciplinary team from The University of Texas at Dallas has embedded genetically modified yeast into a synthetic gel to create a novel, shape-changing material designed to grow under specific biochemical or physical conditions.

“This is definitely a case where the product is more than the sum of its parts,” said Taylor Ware MS’11, PhD’13, assistant professor of bioengineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and corresponding author of a paper published in January in Science Advances, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s open-access journal.

The idea to use the reproductive growth of cells to drive shape change within an inanimate container began with an old, reliable standby: baker’s yeast, or Saccharomyces cerevisiae.


~2,000,000 - NIH [2017/01–2020/01]
3’ End Regulation in Nociceptor Plasticity - PI
NCATS TR003149 UG1/UG3
~1,000,000 - NIH [2019/10–2021/10]
hiPSC-based DRG tissue mimics on multi-well electrodes MEAs -CoI
DMR NSF 1905511
~400,000 - NSF [2019/06–2021/06]
This project will examine genetically controlled polymers - CoPI