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Justin Donato

Associate Professor
Degree
B.S. University of Delaware
Ph.D. Cornell University
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Wisconsin
Office
OWS 464
Phone
(651) 962-5580
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5580
Fax
651-962-5209
Mail
OSS 402

Professional Interests

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.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CHEM 440 - 01 Biochemistry I M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OWS 257
CRN: 40048 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Justin J. Donato 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

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CHEM 440 - 02 Biochemistry I M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OWS 168
CRN: 40049 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Justin J. Donato 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

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CHEM 442 - D01 Biochemistry II M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OSS LL18
CRN: 20045 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Justin J. Donato The second course in a two-semester sequence examining the chemistry underlying biological processes. Topics include a continued investigation of bioenergetics focusing on oxidative phosphorylation and photophosphorylation; fatty acid metabolism; amino acid metabolism; nucleotide synthesis; mechanisms and regulation of gene expression; protein synthesis; and methods in genetic engineering. Lecture plus four laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 440

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CHEM 442 - D51 Biochemistry II/Lab M - - - - - - 1335 - 1735 OWS 373
CRN: 20046 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Justin J. Donato The second course in a two-semester sequence examining the chemistry underlying biological processes. Topics include a continued investigation of bioenergetics focusing on oxidative phosphorylation and photophosphorylation; fatty acid metabolism; amino acid metabolism; nucleotide synthesis; mechanisms and regulation of gene expression; protein synthesis; and methods in genetic engineering. Lecture plus four laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 440

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CHEM 444 - 01 Advanced Metabolism - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OSS 435
CRN: 22103 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Justin J. Donato This course is designed to offer senior students an introduction to current research topics in biochemistry. The goal of the course is to increase exposure to a wide variety of topics through discussions of the biochemical principles associated with each one. The course material will focus on advanced topics in metabolism including secondary metabolite production, biochemical pathways associated with disease, biochemistry of biofuel production, and applied biotechnology to generate novel biochemical pathways. Prerequisite: A C- or better in CHEM 442, or a C- or better in CHEM 440 with instructor permission.

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