Robert McFeeters

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Associate Professor, Chemistry

Office: MSB 215
Phone: 256.824.6023 
Fax: 256.824.6349

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  • B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1995, magna cum laude, applied math minor.
  • Ph.D. Molecular Medicine, Cornell University, 2002.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute, Structural Biophysics Laboratory, 2002-2008.


PDF of Curriculum Vitae


Teaching Interests

Biochemistry, Receptor-Ligand Binding & Pharmacology, General Chemistry


Research Interests

Biochemistry, Macromolecular Structure/Function/Dynamics, Biophysics

Research in our group is centered on antimicrobial development and understanding the macrmolecular interactions underlying infectious agents.  A major project centers on essential peptidyl-tRNA hydrolase enzymes, in particular bacterial Pth1 and the ability to inhibit peptidyl-tRNA cleavage as a novel antibiotic approach.  Another major project involves carbohydrate binding lectins, their interaction with pathogens, and their development as antimicrobials.  Other projects involve structure/function characterization of BcSnod virulence factors from the necrotrophic fungi Botrytis cinerea and discovery of novel antifungals.  To varying degrees, these projects utilize Site Specific Aromatic Labeling (SSAL) methodology developed in our group.  Our interest is mostly in understanding pathogenic phenomena at the molecular level, though we have gained significant experience in microbiology laboratory techniques.


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