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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
1711 Claflin Rd.
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7278 fax

Biotechnology Core Facility
206 Burt Hall
785-532-6297 fax

Biomolecular NMR Facility
37 Chalmers Hall

Faculty and research areas

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Lawrence Davis

Nitrogen fixation mutants, structure-function relationships, associating macromolecules; environmental metabolic processes, bioremediation; science education.

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Neal Dittmer

Insect biochemistry and molecular biology; insect cuticle synthesis and sclerotization; insect multicopper oxidases

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Timothy Durrett

Biochemistry of triacylglycerol biosynthesis. Structure and function of membrane bound acyltransferases. Genetically modifying the physical properties of seed oils for industrial and biofuel applications.

Dr. Durrett's research video

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Gregory Finnigan

Yeast cytoskeleton, cell cycle regulation, cell signaling; Molecular and cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry; Evolution of biological complexity; CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing technology.

Dr. Finnigan's lab

Dr. Finnigan's research video

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Brian Geisbrecht

Innate Immunity; Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases and Host-Pathogen Interactions; Structural Biology and Molecular Recognition

Dr. Geisbrecht's research video

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Erika Geisbrecht

Formation and maintenance of muscle and heart tissue; biochemistry and molecular genetics of Drosophila; and cell signaling in development.

Dr. Geisbrecht's lab

Dr. Geisbrecht's research video

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Maureen Gorman

Insect biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics; mechanisms of iron metabolism in insects; function of insect multicopper oxidases; insect innate immunity.

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Michael Kanost

Insect hemolymph proteins: biochemistry and molecular biology. Structure and function of serine proteinases, proteinase inhibitors, and antimicrobial response proteins from insect hemolymph.

Dr. Kanost's lab

Dr. Kanost's research video

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Phillip E. Klebba

Iron acquisition by active transport through the cell envelopes of bacteria; Immunological approaches to bacterial pathogenesis; Biophysical analyses of bacterial membrane transport in living cells

Dr. Klebba's lab

Dr. Klebba's research video

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Salete Newton

Vaccine biotechnology; molecular biology of bacterial membrane proteins; biochemistry of iron uptake by bacteria.

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Ho Leung Ng

Structure based drug discovery for cancer and immunology; Computational structural biology and chemistry; Protein photonics for imaging

Dr. Ng's lab

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Om Prakash

Structural characterization and molecular recognition using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Computer Aided Molecular Design (CAMD).

NMR lab

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Gerald Reeck

Proteins and enzymes of aphid saliva and of stored product insect pests; biochemistry and molecular genetics of Armet (MANF), both human and insect; and cereal proteins and inhibitors.

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John Tomich

Self-assembling Amphipathic peptides.

Dr. Tomich's lab

Dr. Tomich's research video

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Anna Zolkiewska

ADAM proteins, Notch signaling, and cancer.

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Michal Zolkiewski

Protein folding, molecular chaperones, structure and function of the heat-shock proteins Hsp100.

Dr. Zolkiewski's research video

Ancillary Faculty
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Sherry D Fleming

Focus on the complement system and other innate immune molecules. Determining the damaging aspects of the innate immune response in multiple models of tissue injury.

Dr. Fleming's Lab

Jeremy Schmit, Ph.D.

Jeremy Schmit

Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter and Biological Physics

Dr. Schmit's Lab

Dr. Ruth Welti

Ruth Welti

Structure and function of cell membranes; Mass-spectrometry-based lipid analysis. 

Dr. Welti's Lab

Emeritus Faculty 
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Karl Kramer

Insect biochemistry, cuticle sclerotization, molting, control, and metabolism.

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Ramaswamy Krishnamoorthi

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).

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Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan

Characterization and manipulation of expression of defense genes to enhance plant resistance to fungal and insect pests


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Tom Roche

Structure, function and regulation of mammalian pyruvate dehydrogenase complex

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Dolores Takemoto

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.