Jonathan A. King

Jonathan A. King

Professor of Biology

Jonathan A. King studies what happens when proteins do not fold properly — leading to conditions like cataracts — and works to protect the conditions needed to support biomedical research.



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  • PhD, 1968, California Institute of Technology
  • SB, 1962, Zoology, Yale University

Research Summary

After decades of investigating protein folding, misfolding and aggregation, and bacteriophage structure and assembly, I am now concentrating on protecting the conditions needed to support biomedical research, in particular federal investment in biomedical research through the NIH and NSF budgets. This involves not only advocating for these investments, but critiquing the critiquing the enormous drain on productive investment of our tax dollars through excessive military spending, particularly on nuclear weapons. To this end I chair the Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War Conference held annually in the Spring at MIT, and chair the Nuclear Disarmament Working Group of Mass Peace Action which provides national leadership on nuclear disarmament. Jonathan King is no longer accepting students.


  • NIH MERIT Award
  • Guggenheim Fellow
  • Jane Coffin Childs Fellow
  • MIT MLK Jr Faculty Leadership

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