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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 & UpdatesPostdoc accepts new position
June 23, 2014
Congratulations and all best wishes to postdoc Wenmin Qin, who has accepted a position as technical account manager with GenScript in Nanjing, China. In her new position, Wenmin will serve as the primary technical source supporting regional sales. The Nikolau research group honored Wenmin at a farewell potluck on June 19.
NSF award announced
Plant Physiology publication
Former REU student awarded prestigious NSF fellowship