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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David C. LaPorte, Professor , (612) 625-4983 Fax: (612) 625-2163

Every biological process is regulated by several different control mechanisms. Our research focuses on how the individual mechanisms work and how they are coordinated with each other. We are studying the regulation of the glyoxylate bypass in the bacterium Escherichia coli.

John D. Lipscomb, Professor , (612) 625-6454 Fax:(612) 624-5121

We investigate the mechanisms of oxygenases, the enzymes nature uses to catalyze the incorporation of oxygen into biological molecules.

Douglas Mashek, Associate Professor , 612-626-2904

Our laboratory is interested in characterizing the alterations in metabolism that define diseases such as fatty liver disease and Type 2 Diabetes.  A a major emphasis is on lipid droplet biology and how lipid droplet proteins regulate metabolism and cell signaling.  For more information

Kevin H. Mayo, Professor , (612) 625-9968 Fax: (612) 625-2163

My research in structural biology is aimed at understanding cell adhesion at the molecular level where protein-protein and protein-carbohydrate interactions ae critical.

Sharon E. Murphy, Professor , (612) 624-7633 Fax: (612) 625-2163

We study the metabolism of nicotine and nitrosamines.

Laura Niedernhofer, Professor , 612-626-2549

Douglas H. Ohlendorf, Professor, Associate Head of Education , (612) 624-8436 Fax: (612) 625-2163

My lab is interested in the structural foundations for biological function. Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, we believe a structure is worth a thousand pictures.

Laurie Parker, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies BMBB Graduate Program , 612-624-9066

Our research program is broadly directed at assay development for post-translational modifications (PTMs), with a focus on protein phosphorylation by tyrosine kinases.

Lincoln R. Potter, Professor , (612) 624-7251 Fax: (612) 624-0432

Our research focuses on the hormone/parascrine natriuretic peptide family and their cognate guanylyl cyclase (GC)-A and GC-B receptors. These signaling pathways regulate blood pressure, bone growth, reproduction, metabolism and other functions.

Juan Carlos Rivera-Mulia, Assistant Professor