Michael Trakselis, Baylor University
Title: Evolution of Excluded ssDNA Interactions with the External Surface of Hexameric Helicases Facilitate DNA Unwinding
Host: Professor Penny Beuning
Professor Michael Trakselis got his BS in Chemistry and Psychology at the University of Illinois in 1996. From 1996-1998, he worked for Abbott Laboratories as a method development technician for pharmaceutical analysis. He got his PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 2002 working with Stephen Benkovic on the mechanisms of DNA replication in bacteriophage T4. Postdoc from 2003 to 2006 at Cambridge University and the MRC with Ron Laskey and Steve Bell working on cellular and archaeal mechanisms of MCM helicases. In 2006, he was appointed Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh department of chemistry. This year, Dr. Trakselis was recruited to Baylor University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Generally, his research focus is on elucidating mechanism of enzyme complex assembles and function during DNA replication and repair.