- Robert (Ian) Barr
Robert (Ian) Barr, PhD
Ian is a biochemist who has spent most of his career studying proteins of various sorts, whether enzymes that catalyze reactions (PqqE) or a protein that binds to RNA (DGCR8). He works in a domain where physics, chemistry, and biology coalesce and uses techniques from molecular biology as well as chemistry to answer biological questions.
UCLA, PhD, Biological Chemistry
Portland State University, MS, Chemistry
UC Santa Barbara, BS, Biochemistry
Ian studies enzymes from all branches of the tree of life that carry out electron transfer as part of their biological function. Among these are several from pathogenic organisms. He wants to know how the precise, high energy transfer of electrons can be accomplished in a messy, unfavorable biological setting – and, in the case of pathogenic organisms, how this can be shut down.