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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Makris Lab

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The research interests of these faculty encompass all areas of biochemistry, including cell and molecular biology, enzymology, spectroscopy, protein crystallography, and bio-inorganic chemistry.


Maksymilian Chruszcz

"We focus on the structural analysis of food and inhaled allergens to determine the molecular basis of allergic diseases.  Moreover, we study proteins that are potential targets for the development of antibiotics and pesticides."

Parastoo Hashemi

Parastoo Hashemi

"Development of electrochemical microelectrode methodology for real-time quantitate analysis of biologically and environmentally important molecules. Neurotransmitter roles in depression and neurodegeneration. Real-time trace metal speciation studies."

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Jie Li

 "Our research is focused on mining microbial genomes to discover drug leads, biosynthetic pathways, and new enzyme biocatalysts. We employ an interdisciplinary approach combining organic chemistry, natural products chemistry, biochemical analysis, metabolomics, genetic engineering, and synthetic biology."

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Caryn Outten

 “We are interested in understanding how cells regulate the essential metal iron and control thiol-disulfide balance using yeast as a model system. We employ a multidisciplinary approach that includes protein biochemistry, biophysical spectroscopy, molecular genetics, and cell biology."

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Wayne Outten

 "We study the homeostasis and metabolism of essential metals like copper, iron and zinc, with the goals of disrupting metal metabolism in bacteria during infection and correcting defects in human metal metabolism that lead to disease."

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Hui Wang

 "We use state-of-the-art single-molecule spectroscopic techniques to resolve the conformational dynamics of complicated biomolecules."

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Qian Wang

 "The overall research objective of Dr. Qian Wang's laboratory focuses on using chemical biology tools to probe intracellular activities and the development of hierarchically-structured nanomaterials to study the cooperative response of cells to extracellular matrixes."


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