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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.

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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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Nicholas Truex

"We are developing molecular tools to study and direct the function of immune pathways. These tools include peptides, proteins, and small molecules that we envision will enable immunotherapies for treating cancer and pathogenic diseases."

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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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