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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
1711 Claflin Rd.
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-6121
785-532-7278 fax
biochem@k-state.edu

Biotechnology Core Facility
206 Burt Hall
785-532-5956
785-532-6297 fax

Biomolecular NMR Facility
37 Chalmers Hall
785-532-2345

Faculty and research areas

Lawrence Davis, Ph.D.
Lawrence Davis

Professor

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

Timothy Durrett, Ph.D.
Timothy Durrett

Assistant Professor

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

Gregory Finnigan, Ph.D.
Gregory Finnigan

Assistant Professor

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

Brian Geisbrecht, Ph.D.
Brian Geisbrecht

Professor

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

Dr. Geisbrecht's research video

Erika Geisbrecht, Ph.D.
Erika Geisbrecht

Associate Professor

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

Michael Kanost, Ph.D.
Michael Kanost

University Distinguished Professor

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

Phillip Klebba, Ph.D.
Phillip E. Klebba

University Distinguished Professor

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

Ho Leung Ng, Ph.D.
Ho Leung Ng

Associate Professor

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

Dr. Ng's lab

Om Prakash, Ph.D.
Om Prakash

Professor

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

NMR lab

Gerald Reeck, Ph.D.
Gerald Reeck

Professor

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.

John Tomich, Ph.D.
John Tomich

Professor

Self-assembling Amphipathic peptides.

Dr. Tomich's lab

Dr. Tomich's research video

Anna Zolkiewska, Ph.D.
Anna Zolkiewska

Professor

ADAM proteins, Notch signaling, and cancer.

Michal Zolkiewski, Ph.D.
Michal Zolkiewski

Professor and
Department Head

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

Dr. Zolkiewski's research video

 
Research Faculty
Neal Dittmer, Ph.D.
Neal Dittmer

Research Assistant Professor

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

 

Maureen Gorman, Ph.D.
Maureen Gorman

Research Associate Professor

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

Salete Newton, Ph.D.
Salete Newton

Research Professor

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

 

 
Adjunct Faculty
Jianhan Chen, Ph.D.
Jianhan Chen

Adjunct Professor

Development of advanced computational methods and their applications to the study of biomolecules and biomaterials.

Dr. Chen's lab

Saurav Misra, Ph.D.
Saurav Misra

Adjunct Associate Professor

Intracellular Protein Quality Control. Ubiquitination Mechanisms.
Structural Biology and Biophysical Methods.

Ancillary Faculty
Sherry D Fleming, Ph.D.
Sherry D Fleming

Professor

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

Associate Professor

Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter and Biological Physics

Dr. Schmit's Lab

Dr. Ruth Welti
Ruth Welti

University Distinguished Professor

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

Dr. Welti's Lab

 
Emeritus Faculty
Karl Kramer, Ph.D.
Karl Kramer

Adjunct Professor Emeritus

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

Ramaswamy Krishnamoorthi, Ph.D.
Ramaswamy Krishnamoorthi

Associate Professor Emeritus

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).

S. Muthukrishnan, Ph.D.
Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

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

Tom Roche, Ph.D.
Tom Roche

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Structure, function and regulation of mammalian pyruvate dehydrogenase complex

Dolores Takemoto, Ph.D.
Dolores Takemoto

Professor Emeritus

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.