OHSU

Metallobiochemistry

Metals in biological systems

The Metallobiochemistry Group in EBS is investigating essential roles for metals in biological systems: as catalytic active sites, as structural elements of biomaterials, and as environmental triggering factors. The approaches used to explore these structures and processes make extensive use of spectroscopic methods (see Bioinorganic Spectroscopy Facilities), but also utilize molecular biology for high level expression of metalloproteins and their characterization in the biological context. Since a large fraction of proteins are metalloproteins, binding a metal cofactor in some aspect of their biological function, this area has fundamental connections to many aspects of biochemistry.

 

Faculty

Ninian Blackburn
Pierre Moenne Loccoz
Bradley Tebo
James Whittaker