Dr. Tamm moved to the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) in 1990. He is currently the Harrison Distinguished Professor in Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics and Vice-Chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics. Dr. Tamm directs the Center for Membrane Biology at the University of Virginia, which currently comprises 15 tenured and tenure-track faculty who are affiliated with several Departments of the University.
Current research interests include studies on virus entry into cells by membrane fusion, neurotransmitter release at synapses by exocytosis of synaptic vesicles at nerve termini, and the study of the structures of bacterial outer membrane transporters by NMR. Methods development has always played a central role in Dr. Tamm’s research. Dr. Tamm’s lab is at the forefront of solving membrane protein structures by NMR, developing single molecule tracking and single vesicle fusion technology in supported membranes, and developing methods to measure lipid coupling and protein targeting in lipid “rafts”.