Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Faculty

Only faculty affiliated with ILS are listed on this page. Learn more about Biochemistry & Molecular Biology faculty. The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Graduate Coordinator is Zachary Wood (zaw@uga.edu).

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Michael Adams

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Functional and structural genomics, metabolism and enzymology of organisms
that grow near 100C.

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Mike Adang

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Entomology

Ecology of macroinvertebrates in freshwater wetlands and streams.

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Fikri Avci

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Mechanisms of immune activation by carbohydrate antigens; design and development
of knowledge-based vaccines and therapeutics against pathogens and cancers.
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Parastoo Azadi

Senior Research Scientist, CCRC
Technical Director — Analytical Services, CCRC

Structural analysis and hands-on training for all glycoconjugates using mass spectrometry and NMR

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Adam W. Barb

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Our goal is to define the impact of protein post-translational modifications on structure and function in the immune system.

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David Blum

Director,
Bioexpression & Fermentation Facility
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Protein expression, development of commercially relevant monoclonal antibodies.

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Maria Belen Cassera

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Metabolomic approaches applied to drug target selection and validation in human pathogens;
discovery and development of new chemotherapeutic interventions.
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Steve Dalton

Professor
GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Molecular Cell Biology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Stem cell biology, development of cell therapies for type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Pluripotent stem cells in early development and induced pluripotent stem cells- cell reprogramming.

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Alan Darvill

Regents Professor, Director Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Structures and functions of the noncellulosic polysaccharides of plant primary cell walls.

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Erin L. Dolan

Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Innovative Science Education
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Course-based undergraduate research, student integration into the
scientific community; research mentoring of undergraduate researchers.

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Arthur Edison

Professor
GRA Eminent Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Genetics

Metabolomics and systems biology of Caenorhabditis elegans using NMR,
mass spec, and computational approaches.

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Kosuke Funato

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain tumors; oncohistone mutations; human ES cell-based tumor modeling; tumor heterogeneity and evolution

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David Garfinkel

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Retrovirus-like transposons in budding yeast, control of transposition, restriction factors.

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Michael Hahn

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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Robert Haltiwanger

Professor; GRA Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Glycosciences
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Role of glycosylation in regulating Notch signaling, assisting protein folding, and development.

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Gerald W. Hart

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Eminent Scholar in Drug Discovery;
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Nutrient Regulation of Signaling and Transcription: Mechanisms Underlying Diabetes, Neurodegeneration and Cancer

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Natalia Ivanova

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Genetics

Transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms regulating preimplantation development, pluripotency, differentiation and cellular reprogramming in humans

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Natarajan Kannan

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Evolutionary systems biology; protein kinase signaling in plants, pathogens and microbes. Evolution and classification of glycoenzymes.

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William Lanzilotta

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The mechanisms of metalloproteins involved in radical generation, oxidative stress protection,
as well as heme synthesis, sensing, aquisition and transport.

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Paula Lemons

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

My research investigates problem solving among biochemistry undergraduates and the process
college science instructors go through as they innovate their teaching.

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Amy Medlock

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Understanding intracellular and intercellular heme transport.

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Debra Mohnen

Professor
Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Complex Carbohydrate Research
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Plant Biology

Biosynthesis and function of the plant cell wall polysaccharide pectin.
Anti-cancer effects of pectin.

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Kelley Moremen

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemistry, molecular, and structural biology of mammalian glycoprotein biosynthesis and catabolism.

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Ron Orlando

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Solving biological/biomedical problems with mass spectrometry.

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Robert Phillips

Professor
Chemistry;
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Enzymes involved in amino acid, especially tryptophan, metabolism which may be drug
targets for cancer, hypertension and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Michael “Hawkeye” Pierce

Distinguished Research Professor
UGA Cancer Center Director
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Glycosyltransferase regulation of tumor cell adhesion and invasion; structure/function of lectins.

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James Prestegard

Professor Emeritus, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to the characterization of biologically important systems.

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John Rose

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

X-ray structural biology, the mitochondrial inner membrane space transport system,
structure based vaccine and therapeutic design, improved/automated methods for
synchrotron SAD data collection and structure determination.

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Robert Sabatini

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and biochemical parasitology: DNA modification, homologous recombination
and the regulation of antigenic variation in Trypanosoma brucei.

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Walter K. Schmidt Jr.

Professor
Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Molecular cell biology and biochemistry of proteases associated with isoprenylated protein
maturation and amyloidogenic peptide degradation; cancer; Alzheimer’s disease.

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Michael Terns

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Genetics; Microbiology

We study CRISPR-Cas immune systems that protect prokaryotes from viruses and provide
powerful research tools for important biotechnology and biomedical applications.

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Michael Tiemeyer

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Mechanisms that regulate the expression, function, and structure of tissue-specific glycans.

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Breeanna Urbanowicz

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology;
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Structure and function of enzymes involved in plant polysaccharide biosynthesis and modification with the long term goal to develop pathway engineering or targeted genomics approaches for enhanced production of bio-materials, -products, and -fuels.

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Jeffrey Urbauer

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Chemistry

Structural biology of transcription regulation, steroid hormone activation and breast cancer.

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Bi-Cheng Wang

Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Structure-function studies by X-ray diffraction, transcription proteins,
structural genomics, phasing methods.

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Ryan Weiss

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Investigating the regulatory mechanisms of glycosylation using genomic, chemical, and genetic approaches with particular focus on the discovery of novel drugs and targets to treat human diseases.

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Lance Wells

Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator
ILS Director
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Role of protein glycosylation in intellectual disability, congenital muscular dystrophy, cancer, and viral infection.

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Christopher M. West

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Oxygen- and glycosylation-dependent regulation of polyubiquitin ligases in Dictyostelium and Toxoplasma gondii;
Glycobiology of protozoa.

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Zachary Wood

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

X-ray crystallographic and biochemical studies of nucleotide sugar metabolism.

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Robert Woods

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Immunological carbohydrate-protein interactions studied by computational simulation and experimental methods.

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Ying Xu

Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Cancer Computational and Systems Biology, Computational Methods for
Protein Structure Prediction and Modeling.

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Hang Yin

Assistant professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stem cell biology, brown fat development and induction, non-coding
RNA, development of novel therapies for human obesity and type 2 diabetes

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William York

Professor Emertius
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Structure, function, and assembly of plant cell walls; Bioinformatics for glycomics and glycobiology.

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Nadja Zeltner

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

Effects of pathological stress on cells of the peripheral nervous system and the adrenal gland. In vitro disease modeling using human pluripotent stem cells.

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Shaying Zhao

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Cancer genomics; human junk DNA; genomic instability.

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