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Department of biochemistry and Molecular biology


Bastia PictureBastia, Deepak, PhD
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Chair in Biomedical Sciences
Analyses of (1) the mechanisms of initiation of DNA replication of prokaryotic plasmids and (2) the termination of DNA replication of plasmid, bacterial and yeast chromosomal, and human mitochondrial DNA.
 Erika BullesbachBüllesbach, Erika, PhD
Associate Professor

Hormones of Insulin-Like Structure:
Chemical Syntheses and Structure-Function Relations

Julie ChaoChao, Julie, PhD

Serine Proteinase Structure-Function Relationship;
Purification, Molecular Cloning, Expression, and Function of Proteinases and Proteinase Inhibitors;
Serpin Regulation of Gene Expression

Lee ChaoChao, Lee, PhD

Nucleic Acid Biochemistry;
Regulatory Mechanism in Gene Expression;
Gene Therapy in Cardiovascular Diseases

Ashley CowartCowart, Ashley, PhD
Assistant Professor

Regulation of sphingolipid synthesis in obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Approaches used include microarrays, lipidomics, mouse models, tissue culture.

Christopher DaviesDavies, Christopher, PhD
Director, Graduate Programs

Structural basis for antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria and development of new antimicrobials.

Daniel FernandesFernandes, Daniel, PhD

Molecular mechanisms of drug-induced gene amplification;
Interactions of anticancer drugs with nuclear matrix proteins, especially DNA topoisomerase II.

Vamsi Gangaraju, PhD

Gangaraju, Vamsi, PhD
Assistant Professor

Epigenetic regulation by Piwi-piRNA pathway, Biogenesis and biological functions of piRNAs, Environmental Epigenetics, Drosophila models of human diseases.

Hama, Hiroko, PhD
Associate Professor

Role of FA2H in myelination and glial cell signaling;
Role of hydroxy sphingolipids in cell differentiation;
Development of lipid therapeutics for FA2H deficiency.
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Heise, Tilman, PhD
Assistant Professor

RNA-binding proteins regulating the posttranscriptional control of gene expression. Our work is centered on the functional analysis of aberrant expressed RNA-binding proteins in cancer pathogenesis.

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Hennig, Mirko, PhD
Associate Professor

Structural Studies of RNA-ligand complexes using NMR Spectroscopy

Philip Howe, PhD Howe, Philip H., PhD
Professor and Chairman
Hans and Helen Koebig Chair in Clinical Oncology

Signaling pathways activated by transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1) and Wnt and their potential cross-talk in cellular models of differentiation and cancer.

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Hsu, Yi-Te, PhD
Associate Professor

Molecular mechanisms of apoptosis Bcl-2, Bcl-XL.
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Krupenko, Natalia, PhD
Assistant Professor

Folate and Methyl Group Metabolism
Glycine N-Methyltransferase (GNMT)
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Krupenko, Sergey, PhD

Protein Structure and Function
Enzyme Mechanisms and Regulation
Folate Metabolism and Carcinogenesis
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Lemasters, John , MD, PhD

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of apoptosis and necrosis;
organ preservation for transplantation surgery;
mitochondrial physiology and pathophysiology, including mitochondrial permeability transition, mitophagy and calcium homeostasis;
oxidative stress;
ischemia/reperfusion; confocal and multiphoton microscopy of living cells.
Shaun Olsen, PhDOlsen, Shaun, PhD
Assistant Professor

Structural basis by which ubiquitin is specifically conjugated to target proteins and for how ubiquitination acts as a molecular switch that regulates growth factor signaling pathways.

Besim Ogretmen, PhD
Ogretmen, Besim, PhD
Professor and Eminent Scholar

Roles of sphingolipid metabolism in cancer pathogenesis, chemotherapy-induced cell death, and drug resistance.
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Schwabe, Christian, PhD, DDS

Protein Chemistry
Biochemical Evolution
Chemical Endocrinology
Sommer, Gunhild, PhD
Assistant Professor

The Role of RNA-binding Proteins in Cancer
Spicer, Eleanor, PhD

Post Transcriptional Regulation of Bcl-2 Gene Expression;
Regulation of human oncostatin M expression;
mRNA stability.
Yong-Mei ZhangZhang, Yong-Mei, PhD
Assistant Professor

Bacterial quorum sensing network;
Pseudomonas aeruginosa motility;
Structures and functions of essential enzymes of bacterial pathogens.
Research Faculty
Aiping Bai
Bai, Aiping, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Medicinal Chemistry, Computer-Aided Molecular Design; Enzyme inhibitors R&D; Bioactive Sphingolipids synthesis.
Ala BielawskaBielawska, Alicja, PhD
Research Professor

Role of sphingolipids in signal transduction and cell regulation with emphasis on cancer biology. Specific interest is related to the regulatory function of ceramide and sphingosine-1-phosphate.
Development of molecular and analytical tools to study mechanism of biological action of sphingolipids in relation to their physicochemical properties.
Jacek Bielawski, PhDBielawski, Jacek, PhD
Research Professor

Sphingolipids in Signal Transduction
Cell Regulation in Cancer Biology
Development of new analytical protocols
Alena FedarovichFedarovich, Alena, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Structural and biochemical characterization of the proteins using X-ray crystallography, circular dichroism, dynamic light scattering, fluorescent spectroscopy;
Protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions;
Development and application of the High-throughput screening assay of the inhibitors targeting transpeptidases for a rational drug design against pathogenic bacteria.
Daniella IshimuraIshimaru, Daniella, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Yong Jiang, PhDYong Jiang, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Bidyut MohantyMohanty, Bidyut K., PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Genome integrity;
DNA replication arrest-dependent homologous recombination.
Natalia OlenikOleinik, Natalia, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
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Research Assistant Professor
Noel Warfel, PhDNoel Warfel, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Szulc PictureSzulc, Zdzislaw, PhD
Research Associate Professor

Chemical etiology of sphingolipids structure and functions.

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