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Dr. Nikolau is the Frances M. Craig Professor of Biochemistry at Iowa State University where he has taught and conducted research since 1988. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Massey University, New Zealand, in 1982, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Utah before joining the faculty of Iowa State University. Dr. Nikolau's research interests focus on the biochemistry and molecular biology of biotin and biotin-containing enzymes and the regulation of plant lipid metabolism.
Nikolau group research is conducted in the Molecular Biology Building and the 4th floor of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL 4th).
The Nikolau Research Group
The past decade has seen an explosion of genomics datasets, which have revolutionized the way biological systems are defined. Yet the majority of the gene sequences that are deposited at databases are ambiguously annotated relative to biochemical functionality. These gaps in knowledge therefore offer opportunities for novel discoveries that can be used to generate innovative metabolic solutions to societally defined issues.
These research activities are providing opportunities for research-based education and training of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers.
News & Updates
Associate scientist accepts new position
Plant Lipids Conference
Nikolau Research Group members Liza Alexander, Alexis Campbell, Jennifer Chmliewski, Kayla Flyckt, Xin Guan, Adarsh Jose and Basil Nikolau participated in the "Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism & Function" Gordon Research Conference held February 1-6 in Galveston, TX.
Stephanie Ikediobi joins Nikolau group
Yandeau-Nelson promoted to Assistant Professor