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Dr. Steven Backues Joins Chemistry Department

Dr. Steven BackuesLast year the Chemistry Department conducted a search for an open Biochemistry faculty position.  There were many extremely well-qualified applicants and we wished that we could have hired several of them.  However, we could only select one and we are most fortunate to have Dr. Steven Backues joining us this fall.

Dr. Backues received undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where he first became interested in undergraduate science education.  He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied developmentally important membrane trafficking pathways in the model plant Arabidopsis under the mentorship of Dr. Sebastian Bednarek.  For his postdoctoral training he continued working in membrane trafficking, but now using baker’s yeast and focusing on the field of autophagy, a medically-important cellular stress response that delivers cytoplasmic cargo to the vacuole for degradation.  This work was done under the mentorship of Dr. Dan Klionsky at the University of Michigan, with whom Dr. Backues also continued his training in teaching and mentoring undergraduates.

Dr. Backues is excited to be starting at Eastern Michigan University, where he will be teaching biochemistry and leading student research into the mechanisms of membrane trafficking in autophagy.

- Posted July 16, 2014


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