The Department of BMB is at the forefront of addressing complex global energy challenges by investigating fundamental process of biological energy conversion. Faculty are engaged in cutting edge research that involves the biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis, the generation of biohybrid designs using naturally-occurring photosystems, the biosynthesis and degradation of cellulose, and the synthesis and deconstruction of the plant cell wall. A wide array of interdisciplinary strategies are involved in carrying out the research, including cell biology, enzymology, spectroscopy, physical biochemistry and structural biology.
Dr. Bryant's Research Interest: Genomics, structural and
functional relationships, metabolism, physiology and ecology
of chlorophototrophic bacteria.
Dr. Ferry's Research Interest: The study the enzymology and
molecular biology of anaerobic microbes from the Archaea
Dr. Golbeck's Research Interest: Biophysical studies of electron
transfer mechanisms in photosynthetic prokaryotes.
Dr. Gu's Research Interest: The utilization of biochemical,
molecular genetics, and spectroscopic approaches to
decipher mechanisms of cellulose biosynthesis.
Dr. Kreb's Research Interest: The elucidation of the reaction
mechanisms by which mono- and dinuclear non-heme-iron
enzymes activate dioxygen (O2) for a wide variety of oxidative