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College of Agriculture

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Faculty of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station

This department is located in Chalmers and Burt Halls, the program offers B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. Departmental faculty have research programs studying various aspects of biochemistry in animals, plants, insects, and microorganisms.

Timothy P. Durrett

Timothy P. Durrett
Assistant Professor

Specialization:
Biochemistry of triacylglycerol
biosynthesis
Membrane bound
acyltransferases
Physical properties of seed oils

 

Gregory C. Finnigan

Gregory C. Finnigan
Assistant Professor

Specialization:
Yeast cytoskeleton, cell cycle regulation, cell signaling Molecular and cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry
Evolution of biological complexity
CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing technology

 

Brian V. Geisbrecht

Brian V. Geisbrecht
Professor

Specialization:
Innate immunity
Molecular basis of infectious diseases and host-pathogen interactions
Structural biology and molecular recognition

 

Erika Geisbrecht

Erika R. Geisbrecht
Associate Professor

Specialization:
Formation and maintence of muscle and heart tissue
Biochemistry and molecular genetics of Drosophila
Cell signaling in development

 

Michael Kanost

Michael R. Kanost
University Distinguished
Professor

Specialization:
Insect biochemistry and
molecular biology
Biochemistry of the insect cuticle
Insect immune system

 

Phillip Earl Klebba

Phillip Earl Klebba
University Distinguished Professor

Specialization:
Iron acquisition by active transport through the cell envelopes of bacteria
Immunological approaches to bacterial pathogenesis

 

Om Prakash

Om Prakash
Professor,
Director of NMR Facility

Specialization:
Structural characterization and molecular recognition using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and computer aided molecular design (CAMD)

 


 

John M. Tomich

John M. Tomich
Professor, Director of Biotechnology/
Proteomics Core Facility

Specialization:
Design and characterization of synthetic peptides for potential uses as drugs or renewable biomaterials

 


 

Michal Zolkiewski

Michal Zolkiewski
Department Head, Professor,
Graduate Program Director

Specialization:
Protein structures and function
Protein folding, misfolding and aggregation
AAA+ATPases
Molecular chaperones

 

 

 

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