Chemistry and Biochemistry



Biochemistry is the chemistry of the living. As a discipline, biochemistry lies at the nexus of chemistry and biology and seeks to understand the chemical bases for life. Biochemists may study broad subjects like molecular biology and bioorganic, bioinorganic, and biophysical chemistry, or biochemists may specialize in crucial and personal fields including immunology, neurobiology, cancer biology, pharmacology, and developmental biology.

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Joshua L. Andersen


The Andersen Lab studies cancer cell growth and survival.

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Ken A. Christensen


The Christensen Lab works in the fields of biochemistry and bioanalytical chemistry. The Christen lab develops methods that apply optical spectroscopy, time-lapse microscopy, and other current analytical and biophysical techniques to questions in biochemistry, biophysics, cell and microbiology.  A current area of research in the Christensen Lab grew out of our discovery several years ago that the anthrax toxin receptors capillary morphogenesis ...

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David V. Hansen


The Hansen Lab studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathogenesis. Human genetic studies have identified many AD risk genes, but how these genes impact physiological processes in the brain is not well understood. By studying the molecular function of proteins encoded by AD risk genes, our research aims to define key cellular processes that either protect ...

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James D. Moody


The Moody Lab is currently working to develop generalizable protein engineering-based methods to facilitate protein structure determination by X-ray crystallography.  Moody Lab Approach X-ray crystallography allows researchers to determine the structure of proteins at the atomic level, helping science to understand how protein dysfunction causes disease, develop new treatments, and engineer new protein-based tools. Unfortunately, X-ray crystallography is only useful for ...

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John C. Price


The Price Lab Group explores mechanisms used by living cells to control the synthesis and degradation of protein. Specifically, Price students use mass spectrometry and stable isotopes to label newly synthesized molecules with a time dependent tag. This allows students to measure both vivo concentrations and replacement rate. With a mass spectrometer, the time-dependent stable isotope enrichment can be measured in any ...

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Pam Van Ry


The Van Ry Lab focuses on muscular dystrophy, lung fibrosis, and tissue engineering. Identification of Protein Therapies for Muscular DystrophyThe muscular dystrophies are a group of progressive degenerative muscle wasting diseases that vary in age of onset, phenotype, cause, severity and life span. Many of the treatment options for these diseases have not resulted in substantial quality of life treatment ...

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Richard K. Watt


The Watt Research Lab Group specializes in bioinorganic chemistry. Biological systems require trace amounts of transition metal ions to sustain life. Transition metal ions are required at the active sites of many enzymes for catalytic activity. In fact, transition metals catalyze some of the most energetically demanding reactions in biology. Unfortunately, these highly reactive metal ions also catalyze reactions that are dangerous ...

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Barry M. Willardson


The Willardson Lab studies cellular complexes. Mechanisms of Assembly of Signaling Complexes Most cellular functions are performed by proteins associated together into complexes. In fact, many proteins cannot exist in the cell without their binding partners. These protein complexes often require the help of other proteins, called chaperones, to bring the complexes together. This is certainly the case for protein complexes involved ...

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