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Justin Donato

Assistant Professor
B.S. University of Delaware
Ph.D. Cornell University
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Wisconsin
OWS 464
(651) 962-5580
OSS 402

Bacteria play a role in almost all processes at work on the planet.  From global warming to feeding the hungry to treating disease, many of the challenges that face us, as well as the potential solutions to these problems, can be traced back to bacteria.  The Donato lab focuses on applying functional metagenomics to explore chemical processes used by bacteria to survive in diverse habitats.  Current projects are aimed at the discovery and subsequent characterization of genes that confer antibiotic resistance on their host bacteria.  Using this approach, we have successfully identified novel resistance genes from bacteria found in soil and the human body.  Information regarding the nature of resistance genes will guide researchers in both the development of new antibiotics as well as strategies for antibiotic management.  We are also in the early stages of projects that will identify and optimize factors limiting bacterial gene expression.

If you are interested in joining the research group, contact Dr. Donato.

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
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Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
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BCHM 301 - 01 Biochemistry Seminar Series 1 - T - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 435
CRN: 41136 2 Credit Hours This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of three semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second two courses (302 and 303) are no credit and are graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second and third courses (302 and 303) are a two-semester seminar requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion or current enrollment in BIOL 204
CHEM 440 - 01 Biochemistry I M - W - F 0815 - 0920 OWS 257
CRN: 40054 4 Credit Hours The first course in a two-semester sequence examining the chemistry underlying biological processes. The topics addressed include a review of the properties of aqueous solutions and buffers; the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids; an introduction to the properties, reaction kinetics and catalytic mechanism of enzymes; membrane structure and function; qualitative and quantitative models of bioenergetics; and an introduction to metabolic regulation and control featuring carbohydrate metabolism as well as the citric acid cycle. Lecture plus four laboratory hours per week. Offered fall and spring semester. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 202

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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