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Janet Kirkley

Professor & Chair of Biochemistry

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7308

jkirkley@​knox.edu

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Meet the Biochemistry Faculty

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7308

jkirkley@knox.edu

"My research program is devoted to investigating factors that control the size and character of the immune response. This basic information about how cells of the immune system respond to various stimuli has a wide variety of applications, ranging from disease prevention to disease amelioration or cure."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7352

ldybas@knox.edu

"My primary research interest is invertebrate cellular defense responses. Currently, I am studying the ciliated urns of peanut worms, phylum Sipuncula. The urns swim around in the body cavity of the worm and secrete mucus in response to encountering foreign invaders. The mucus forms long tails that entrap the foreign cells. My research focuses on characterizing the mucus secretions, learning more about the secretory mechanism and cloning the mucus gene."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7270

amehl@knox.edu

"The general research interest for my laboratory is on protein structure and how the final 3-D structure is obtained; what provides stability to a protein and how does a newly synthesized protein fold into its final shape? We use a protein from E. coli called GrpE as a model protein to try to answer questions about folding and stability because it has some common and unique structural characteristics."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7333

lwelch@knox.edu

"My students and I have done a wide variety of experiments over the years, starting with electrochemistry and chromatography, but now moving more toward spectroscopy. In particular, we've been looking at the luminescence of the lanthanide metals and their compounds, and have been working with fluorescence anisotropy to probe complex systems."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7434

dcermak@knox.edu

"My research interests lie primarily in the area of synthesis of optically active organic molecules. Three-dimensional characteristics of organic molecules are highly influential on their chemistry and biochemistry, and create special challenges to the synthetic organic chemist. My research students and I are working specifically on the synthesis of organic molecules that contain phosphorus, an element that plays an active role in many biochemical transformations."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7431

epenick@knox.edu

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Professor Emeritus of Biology

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