Babatunde Ekundayo


Babatunde Ekundayo from Nigeria joined the LBEM in July 2021 to set-up and manage the biochemistry & wetlab and conduct independent research. His curiosity drives him to understand how molecular machines in the cell work. To this end, he combines his expertise in Biochemistry with cryo-EM to determine high-resolution structures of macromolecules in action and unravel their functional mechanisms. Before joining LBEM, he has trained as a postdoc at Yale University, USA and the FMI, Basel. He obtained his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Geneva.

Current Project

Visualizing molecular machines in action by cryo-EM


07/21 – presentSenior Scientist & Wetlab manager, Laboratory of Biological Electron Micoscopy (LBEM), Institute of Physics, EPFL, Switzerland
07/21 – 09/22NCCR Transcure Postdoctoral fellow, Laboratory of Biological Electron Microscopy (LBEM), Institute of Physics, EPFL, Switzerland
01/20 – 05/21 SNSF Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, USA
02/18 – 12/19 Postdoctoral researcher, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), Basel, Switzerland
02/13 – 08/17 PhD in Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland



Structural basis of TRPM4 inhibition by ...

Ekundayo, B., Aruliampalam, P., Hämmerli, A.-F., Guichard, S., Boukenna, M., Rougier, J.-S., Abriel, H., Stahlberg, H., Ni, D.

(submitted), (2024)


Computational drug development for membrane protein targets

Li, H., Sun, X., Cui, W., Xu, M., Dong, J., Ekundayo, B., Ni, D., Rao, Z., Stahlberg, H., Yuan, S., Vogel, H.

Nature Biotechnology 42, 229-242 (2024)



Structure of a membrane-bound menaquinol:organohalide oxidoreductase

Cimmino, L., Duarte, A., Ni, D., Ekundayo, B., Pereira, I.A.C., Stahlberg, H., Holliger, C., Maillard, J.

Nature Communications 14(7038), (2023)



Structural insights into the regulation of Cas7-11 by TPR-CHAT

Ekundayo, B., Torre, D., Beckert, B., Nazarov, S., Myasnikov, A., Stahlberg, H., Ni, D.

Nature Struct. Mol. Biol. 30(2), 135-139 (2023)