Biochemistry & Biophysics

BiochemistryThis program emphasizes the study of structural and functional aspects of specific biomolecules, including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and sugars.  Faculty in this program offer training in a wide variety of modern biochemical and biophysical techniques to answer fundamental questions of biology and questions related to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bacterial pathogenesis, viral infection, and other disease states.

Select a faculty member below to learn more about their research in this area:

Dr. Brian Ackley
Associate Professor
(785) 864-5821
5004 Haworth

Interactions between neurons and their environment during development

Professor, Vice Chancellor for Research
(785) 864-7298
Youngberg Hall 201

Cellular mechanisms involved in acute kidney injury and recovery

Dr. Yoshi Azuma
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
(785) 864-7540
3037 Haworth Hall

The role of posttranslational modification by SUMO on cell division cycle.

Dr. David Davido
Professor, Alumni Liaison
(785) 864-4022
7047 Haworth

Molecular virology and pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus.

Professor, PhD, UMBC 1998, Post Doc, Scripps Research Institute, CA
(785) 864-4923
ISB 3116

Structures and molecular interactions of virulence proteins

Dr. William Dentler
(785) 864-3490
4011 Haworth

Regulation of ciliary and flagellar assembly

Dr. Dan Dixon
(785) 864-0169
4035 Haworth

Role of post-transcriptional gene regulation in cancer.

Dr. Susan M. Egan
Professor, Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences
(785) 864-4294
8031 Haworth (Lab office)

Regulation of bacterial transcription, Development of novel anti-bacterial agents

Dr. T. Chris Gamblin
Professor, Post doctoral fellow, Northwestern University, 1998-2002; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1998
(785) 864-5065
5055 Haworth

Role of tau in Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr Scott Hefty
Professor, Undergraduate Studies Director
(785) 864-5392
8051 Haworth

Molecular Mechanisms of Chlamydia Pathogenesis

Dr. Erik Holmstrom
Assistant Professor, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Zurich, 2014-2018, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014
(785) 864-3847
3007 Haworth Hall

Single-molecule biophysical studies of RNA-protein interactions

Dr. Krzysztof Kuczera
(785) 864-4670
5090 Malott

Modeling of protein structure, dynamics and interactions.

Dr. Audrey Lamb
Director, Graduate Training in Chemical Biology , Professor, Post doctoral fellow, Northwestern University, 1998-2002, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1998
5060 Haworth Hall

Structural and functional analysis of enzymes associated with iron uptake.

Assistant Professor
MRB 200D

Biomolecular modeling, cellular signaling, and computer-aided drug design

Frank B. Tyler Professor of Cancer Research , Research Coordinator
(785) 864-5079
7049 Haworth

Role of APC tumor suppressor protein in normal colon and in cancer.

Dr. Mark Richter
(785) 864-3334
2116A ISB

Structure and dynamics of the ATP synthase and other molecular machines.

Dr. Joanna Slusky
Associate Professor
(785) 864-6506
200F Multidisciplinary Research Building

Exploring membrane protein folding through protein design, bioinformatics, and molecular biology.

Dr. Lisa Timmons
Associate Professor
(785) 864-7363
5041 Haworth

ABC transporters and RNAi: anti-foreign genome responses and stem cell regulation.


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