Faculty and research areas
Nitrogen fixation mutants, structure-function relationships, associating macromolecules; environmental metabolic processes, bioremediation; science education.
Insect biochemistry and molecular biology; insect cuticle synthesis and sclerotization; insect multicopper oxidases
Biochemistry of triacylglycerol biosynthesis. Structure and function of membrane bound acyltransferases. Genetically modifying the physical properties of seed oils for industrial and biofuel applications.
Innate Immunity; Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases and Host-Pathogen Interactions; Structural Biology and Molecular Recognition
Formation and maintenance of muscle and heart tissue; biochemistry and molecular genetics of Drosophila; and cell signaling in development.
Insect biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics; mechanisms of iron metabolism in insects; function of insect multicopper oxidases; insect innate immunity.
Structural Biology; NMR studies of protein structure, dynamics, and stability in relation to function; serine proteinases and their protein inhibitors; protein domains involved in signal transduction (plant phospholipase D domains; insect glucan-binding proteins).
Characterization and manipulation of expression of defense genes to enhance plant resistance to fungal and insect pests
Vaccine biotechnology; molecular biology of bacterial membrane proteins; biochemistry of iron uptake by bacteria.
Development of new single particle mass spectrometry such as ATOFMS, and understanding the chemistry and physics of aerosols in air polution, climate change and human health.
Biochemistry and molecular biology of insect digestive carbohydrases (e.g., amylases, pectinases) and inhibitors of these enzymes. Structure and function of proteinases and proteinase inhibitors.
ADAM proteins, Notch signaling, and cancer.
Protein folding, molecular chaperones, structure and function of the heat-shock proteins Hsp100.
Insect biochemistry, cuticle sclerotization, molting, control, and metabolism.
Structure, function and regulation of mammalian pyruvate dehydrogenase complex
Biochemistry of proteins in the retina and lens of the eye, the mechanism of cell growth control and repair during diabetes, and identification of antioxidants in foods which are responsible for anticancer activity.