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Justin Donato

Associate Professor
B.S. University of Delaware
Ph.D. Cornell University
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Wisconsin
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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.

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
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CHEM 440 - 01 Biochemistry I M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OSS LL18

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0815 - 0920



Course Registration Number:

40097 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


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 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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