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Kylie Allen

Kylie Allen
Assistant Professor
201 Fralin Hall | 540-231-5040
kdallen@vt.edu


Enzymology and molecular genetics in methanogenic archaea; radical SAM enzymes; biosynthesis of coenzymes and pterin-containing natural products. Teaches Majors Biochemistry BCHM 4115 starting in Fall 2020

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Anne Brown
Assistant Professor
Science Informatics Consultant & Health Analytics Coordinator
Research and Informatics
University Libraries
ambrown7@vt.edu

I collaborate with faculty and students on the integration of computational thinking, discipline-specific computational tools, and best data practices into their research labs and classrooms.  I also pursue my own research agenda involving molecular dynamics simulations and in silico drug discovery, targeting proteins involved in neurodegenerative  disease and working to better understand protein structure-function relationships. Teaches Bioinformatics and Computation in Biochemistry, BCHM 5204 and Introduction to Biochemistry, part 2, BCHM 1984.

Dennis R. Dean

Dennis R. Dean
Professor
103 Fralin Hall | 540-231-5895
deandr@vt.edu


Enzymology and molecular genetics of metallocluster biosynthesis; biological nitrogen fixation. University Distinguished Professor and former Fralin Life Sciences Institute Director.

Endang Purwantini, Research Assistant Professor, Biochemistry.

Glenda Gillaspy

Glenda Gillaspy
Professor and Department Head
111C Engel Hall | 540-231-3062
gillaspy@vt.edu


Phosphate sensing and storage in plants via the inositol phosphate chemical signaling language. Works with engineers on phosphate bioremediation strategies. Teaches Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 4116. Department head.

Richard Helm

Richard Helm
Associate Professor
211B Steger Hall | 540-231-4088
helmrf@vt.edu


Faculty Fellow and Director of the VT-Mass Spectrometry Incubator. Cell-cell communication in model systems; application of mass spectrometry to life sciences research. Teaches Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 4115.

Kristopher Hite

Kristopher Hite
Collegiate Assistant Professor
203A Engel Hall | 540-231-3477
kristopher@vt.edu


Chromatin architecture. Teaches Lab Problems in Biochemistry, BCHM 4124, Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 4116. Research on innovation of Biochem courses and hosting undergraduate researchers.

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Brandon L. Jutras
Assistant Professor
205 Engel Hall | 540-231-8431
bjutras@vt.edu


Cell biology of the Lyme disease bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and the pathogenic properties of spirochetal peptidoglycan. Teaches Protein Structure and Function, BCHM 5224. Faculty Advisor for the BcGSA (Biochemistry graduate student organization).

Peter J. Kennelly

Peter J. Kennelly
Professor
108 Engel Hall | 540-231-4317
pjkennel@vt.edu


Control of cellular processes by protein phosphorylation-dephosphorylation; identification of new kinases and phosphatases; evolution of cellular control mechanisms. Teaches Graduate Non-Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 5124, Biochemical Techniques, BCHM 4124. ASBMB education focus on STEM issues. Facilities Director and Safety Manager.

Michael Klemba

Michael Klemba
Associate Professor
306 Engel Hall | 540-231-5729
klemba@vt.edu


Hemoglobin catabolism by the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum; protein trafficking to the food vacuole. Teaches Non-Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 3114. Safety and Study Abroad Program Director.

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Chloe Lahondere

Chloe Lahondere
Assistant Professor
213 Engel Hall | 540-231-9487
lahonder@vt.edu


Impact of temperature on disease vector insect-host-pathogen interactions. Diversity Committee Chair.

Tim Larson, BioC; Faculty Senate

Timothy J. Larson

Timothy J. Larson
Professor
202 Fralin Hall | 540-231-7060
tilarson@vt.edu


Regulation of prokaryotic gene expression. Teaches Biochemical Methods, BCHM 4124. Lab Course Director. Curriculum Committee Chair. Director of Scholarships and Undergraduate Awards Committee.

Justin Lemkul

Justin Lemkul
Assistant Professor
303 Engel Hall | 540-231-3129
jalemkul@vt.edu


Protein and nucleic acid simulations; conformational ensembles of disordered states; empirical force field development; computer-aided drug design. Teaches  Applications in Molecular Life Sciences, BCHM 5784. Graduate Orientation Week Director.

Jianyong Li

Jianyong Li
Professor
305 Engel Hall | 540-231-1182
lij@vt.edu


Structure-function relationships of proteins involved in tryptophan oxidation pathway in mosquitoes; biochemical mechanism of mosquito chorion formation and hardening. Teaches Biochemical Methods, BCHM 4124 and a new Recombinant Protein Expression Lab Course, BCHM 4984.

Zachary Mackey

Zachary Mackey
Assistant Professor
124 Engel Hall | 540-231-4970
mackeyzb@vt.edu


Biological and Biochemical characterization of druggable targets in Trypanosoma brucei. Co-Director of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity program (IMSD).

Sasha Marine

Sasha Marine
Collegiate Assistant Professor
542 Latham Hall | 540-231-1850
scmarine@vt.edu


Pedagogy of STEM. Teaches Non-Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 2024, and Reading the Scientific Literature, BCHM 2984. Director of the VT-Research, Extension and  Experiential Learning Summer Program. 

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Biswarup Mukhopadhyay
Professor
123 Engel Hall | 540-231-8015
biswarup@vt.edu


Methanogenic archaea and methane production in microbes and animals. Mycobacteria and vaccines. Teaches Biochemical Methods, BCHM 4124. Alumni Liaison and Undergraduate Internship and Careers Program Director

Katherine M. Phillips
Senior Research Scientist
304 Engel Hall |
kmpvpi@vt.edu
Chemical analysis of food composition related to health and disease

Endang Purwantini, Research Assistant Professor, Biochemistry.

Endang Purwantini

Endang Purwantini
Research Assistant Professor
119 Engel Hall | 540-231-4395
epurwant@vt.edu


Mycobacteria and vaccines.

Amy Rasor

Amy Rasor
Academic and Student Support Advisor
106 Engel Hall | 540-231-8734
arasor@vt.edu


Biochemistry student advising. Teaches Careers in Biochemistry, BCHM 4074

Daniel Slade

Daniel Slade
Assistant Professor
207 Engel Hall | 540-231-2842
dslade@vt.edu


Determining the role of our microbiome in inflammation and cancer. Teaches Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 4115, starting Fall 2020. Awards Committee Chair.

Pablo Sobrado

Pablo Sobrado
Professor
204 Fralin Hall | 540-231-9485
psobrado@vt.edu



Mechanistic enzymology of redox enzymes and drugs discovery. Teaches Biochemical Calculations, BCHM 2114. Graduate Program and Research Director, Associate Department Head.

Dorothea Berta Christine Tholl, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Dorthea Tholl

Dorothea Tholl
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
409 Latham Hall | 540-231-4567
tholl@vt.edu


Biology, Functional Genomics, and Biochemistry of Chemical Communication

Chevon Thorpe

Chevon Thorpe
Collegiate Assistant Professor
122 Engel Hall | TBD
dunnings@vt.edu


Teaches Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 4116 and Medical Biochemistry, BCHM 3984 (winter semester course). CALS Director of Inclusion and Diversity.

Jim Tokuhisa

James Tokuhisa
Professor of Practice
302 Fralin Hall | 540-231-0344
tokuhisa@vt.edu


Teaches Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 4116 and Medical Biochemistry, BCHM 3984 (winter semester course). CALS Director of Inclusion and Diversity.

Zhijian Tu

Zhijian (Jake) Tu
Professor
303 Fralin Hall | 540-231-8062
jaketu@vt.edu


Gender specification of mosquitos. Teaches Majors Biochemistry, BCHM 4116 and Molecular Biology for the Life Sciences, BCHM 5324. Chair of Promotion and Tenure Committee.

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Clement Vinauger

Clement Vinauger
Assistant Professor
213 Engel Hall | 540-231-4443
vinauger@vt.edu


Molecular Mechanisms of Behavior in Mosquitos. Teaches Biochemical Communication, BCHM 4354.

Robert White

Robert White
Associate Professor
103 Engel Hall | 540-231-6605
rhwhite@vt.edu


Application of stable isotopes and mass spectrometry to biochemistry; biosynthesis and function of enzymes; archaebacterial biochemistry; prebiotic chemistry. Teaches Biochemical Methods, BCHM 4124.

Jinsong Zhu

Jinsong Zhu
Professor
313 Engel Hall | 540-231-3841
zhujin@vt.edu


Signal transduction and gene regulation in insects; genetic control of the mosquito defense reactions against malaria parasites. Teaches Biochemical Methods, BCHM 4124 and Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Gene Expression, BCHM 5994. Director of Undergraduate Program.