Kiowa Bower, PhD
Dr. Bower joined the department in 2009 as an Assistant Research Lecturer and became an Assistant Professor in 2012. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from The California Institute of Technology. His research interest and experience encompasses the interface between biochemistry and neuroscience, with an emphasis on the structure and function of neuroreceptors. His current research examines expression of receptors in stem cells as they differentiate into neurons and also seeks a better understanding of the role that these receptors play in differentiation process. Dr. Bower has taught Cell & Developmental Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Bio Research Methodology, Physics, and Big History.
Office: Science Center #100
Lab: Science Center #129
- PhD Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
- BS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
- Bower, KS, Dougherty, DA, Lester, HA, Structure-function studies on the 5-HT3 receptor ligand binding site reveal polar residues critical for receptor activation and identify an intersubunit salt bridge (In preparation)
- Van Arnam, E., McCleary, K., Torrice, M., Bower, KS., Jensen, E., Lester, H., Dougherty, D. (2010). Probing the Binding Sites and Transmembrane Prolines of GPCRs Using Unnatural Amino Acids. Biophysical Journal, 98(3), 292a
- Torrice MM, Bower KS, Lester HA, Dougherty DA, Probing the Binding Sites of GPCRs Using Unnatural Amino Acids: The Role of the Cation-π Interaction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2009, 106, 11919-24.
- Bower, K., Dougherty, D., Lester, H. Lummis, S (2010) Chemical-scale studies of the 5-HT3 serotonin receptor. Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA