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.


Assistant Professor

Office: Science Center #200
Lab: Science Center #131
[email protected]

Academic Area

Biochemistry (taught Cell & Developmental Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Bio Research Methodology, Physics, and Big History). Research interest and experience encompasses the interface between biochemistry and neuroscience, with an emphasis on the structure and function of neuroreceptors.

Educational Background

  • PhD Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • BS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Recent Publications

  • 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.

Recent Presentations

  • 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

Current Research

  • Examining expression of receptors in stem cells as they differentiate into neurons, and also seeks a better understanding of the role these receptors play in differentiation process.