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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.

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BCHM 302 - 01 Biochemistry Seminar Series 2 - - - - F - - 1215 - 1320 OSS 435

Days of Week:

- - - - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OSS 435

Course Registration Number:

20976 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Justin J. Donato

This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of two semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second course (302) is no credit and is 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 course (302) is a requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion of, or current enrollment in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CHEM 444 - 01 Advanced Metabolism - T - R - - - 0840 - 0940 OWS 469

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0840 - 0940

Location:

OWS 469

Course Registration Number:

21417 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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Summer 2019 Courses

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Fall 2019 Courses

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