Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

We organize ourselves into research divisions with emphases on:

We also have a listing of Faculty Appointments throughout history. Advisors for graduate studies also include members from other departments. 


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James M. Ervasti, Professor

jervasti@umn.edu , (612) 626-6517

Our objective is to fully define the function of dystrophin in striated muscle to understand how its absence or abnormality leads to the pathologies observed in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.  Our unique approach integrates biochemical and biophysical analyses of the very large dy

Michael F. Freeman, Assistant Professor

mffreema@umn.edu , 612-624-8575

Our work focuses on the discovery and heterologous expression of pathways and genes involved in the biosynthesis of metabolites from unique microbial sources.

Aaron Goldstrohm, Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies, BMBB Graduate Program

agoldstr@umn.edu , 612-626-7497

Our goal is to discover the principles and mechanisms that control expression of genes, with the benefit to society that this knowledge will enhance our understanding of the causes of disease and advance therapeutic strategies to correct deleterious gene expression.

Wendy Gordon, Assistant Professor

wrgordon@umn.edu , (612) 301-1196

Our lab is interested in how cell surface receptors convert signals from extracellular stimuli like mechanical force into a biological response, as dysregulation in a cell’s force-sensing ability can lead to disease.

Timothy J Griffin, Professor; Director, Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics

tgriffin@umn.edu , (612) 624-5249 Fax: (612) 624-0432

Work in our group involves the development and application of mass spectrometry-based tools to study proteins and proteomes.

Reuben S. Harris, Professor

rsh@umn.edu , (612) 624-0457 Fax: (612) 625-2163

The Harris Lab uses a large repertoire of model systems and experimental approaches to understand how DNA mutating enzymes (APOBECs) provide immunity against viral infections, yet in many cases also contribute to tumor evolution through genomic DNA mutagenesis.

Eric A. Hendrickson, Professor

hendr064@umn.edu , (612) 624-5988 Fax: (612) 625-2163

Our objective is to gain an understanding of the molecular and biochemical mechanisms of mammalian DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair.

Romas J. Kazlauskas, Professor

rjk@umn.edu , (612) 624-5904

Biocatalysis uses enzymes for unnatural purposes - synthesis of drugs, chemical intermediates & biofuels. Using enzymes creates more efficient syntheses that minimize pollution and avoid toxic and non-selective chemical reagents.

Arkady B. Khodursky, Associate Professor

khodu001@umn.edu , (612) 625-3799 Fax: 612) 625-5780

Mechanisms of adaptation in antibiotic resistant bacteria; Genomic landscape of starvation-recovery transitions in bacterial populations

Do-Hyung Kim, Professor

dhkim@umn.edu , (612) 626-3418

We are interested in understanding the molecular networks that coordinate nutrient metabolism and cell growth.  How cells assess nutrient- or energy states and relay this information into appropriate decisions on growth is poorly understood.