Audrey Lamb, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. in Biochemistry; Vanderbilt School of Medicine
B.S. in Chemistry; Furman University
The focus of our lab is to understand how bacterial pathogens make the molecules that they need to survive and infect humans. In particular, we study the production of metallophores for metal acquisition, and the biosynthesis of riboflavin (vitamin B2). Since these pathways are not found in humans, they serve as potential pathways for therapeutic intervention in the design of new antimicrobials. We use a variety of structural biology and mechanistic enzymology methodologies in our research, including x-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and steady and pre-steady state kinetics. We also participate in several collaborative projects related to diabetes and cancer.