Dr Sin Urban is a tenured professor of molecular biology and genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research examines the biophysics, cell biology, and chemistry of intra-membrane proteases in cell signaling and microbial pathogenesis.
Dr Urban obtained his B.Sc. in genetics at the University of Alberta (Canada), where he studied DNA replication using bacteriophage T4 and Hepatitis B virus. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2002, where he focused on developmental signaling at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology. There he discovered that the classical Drosophila developmental regulator rhomboid functions as an intramembrane protease. He continued to study rhomboid mechanism as a JB & Millicent Kaye Prize Fellow of Christ's College at the University of Cambridge before being elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows and starting his lab at Harvard Medical School. Dr Urban was recruited to Johns Hopkins in 2006, where joined Molecular Biology and Genetics Department.