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Lee Makowski received his B.S. at Brown University in Physics, and Masters and Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering. After doing postdoctoral research at Brandeis University in Structural Biology, he joined faculty of the College of Physician and Surgeons at Columbia University in the Biochemistry Department. He moved to Boston University as Professor of Physics and later accepted a position as Director of the Institute of Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University. In 1998 he joined the National Science Foundation where he was a Program Director first in the Biology Directorate and then in the Division of Materials Science. From 2000 until 2010 he was at Argonne National Laboratory, first as Biosciences Division Director and then as Senior Scientist. He moved to Northeastern in the fall of 2010. He is an author of over 100 scientific research papers and numerous review articles on innovative analyses of biophysical data with focus on x-ray and neutron scattering and x-ray imaging.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976

Research & Scholarship Interests

Image and signal processing as applied to biophysical data designed to answer fundamental questions about the molecular basis of living systems
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Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Dean’s Award for Meritorious Service

Selected Publications

  • P.S. Rushton, A.T. Olek, L. Makowski, J. Badger, C.N. Steussy, N.C. Carpita, C.V. Stauffacher, Rice Cellulose SynthaseA8 Plant-Conserved Region is an Anti-Parallel Coiled-Coil Located at the Catalytic Core Entrance, Plant Physiology, 173,  2017, 482-494
  • J. Liu, I. Costantino, N. Venugopalan, R.F. Fischetti, B.T. Hyman, M.P. Frosch, T. Gomez-Isla, L. Makowski, Amyloid Structure Exhibits Polymorphism on Multiple Length Scales in Human Brain Tissue, Science Reports, 6, 2016, 33079
  • J. Badger, P. Grover, S.B. Panjarian, J.R. Engen, T.E. Smithgall,  L. Makowski, The c-Abl Tyrosine Kinase Adopts Multiple Active Conformational States in Solution, 55, Biochemistry, 2016, 3251-3260
  • Y. Zhang, H. Inouye, M. Crowley, L. Yu, D. Kaeli, L. Makowski, Diffraction Pattern Simulation of Cellulose Fibrous Molecules Using Distributed and Quantized Pair-Distances, Journal of Applied Crystallography, 49, 2016, 2244-2248
  • J. Liu, J.I. Kim, J.C. Cusumano, C. Chapple, N. Venugopalan, R.F. Fischetti, L. Makowski, The Impact of Alterations in the Lignin Biosynthetic Pathway on Molecular Architecture of the Plant Cell Wall, Biotechnology For Biofuels, 9, 2016, 126-143
  • H. Inouye, D. Houde, D.B. Temel, L. Makowski, Utility of Solution X-Ray Scattering for the Development of Antibody Biopharmaceuticals, Journal of Pharmaceutical Science, 105, 2016, 3278-3289
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April 1, 2019

Minhal Ahmed, a fifth-year bioengineering student, was named the winner of the Harold D. Hodgkinson Achievement Award for 2019, one of the highest honors a senior can receive.

December 5, 2017

BioE Professor Lee Makowski has been selected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

May 3, 2017

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Faculty Fellow Edward Beighley, CEE...