Michael Marvin

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences
Science Center 320F

Additional Positions 

Biochemistry Program Co-Director

Degrees 

Ph.D. Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan
B.A. Chemistry, Albion College

Professional Licensures and Certifications 

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco - 2016
Cellular Biotechnology, University of Michigan - 2011

Biography 

Michael Marvin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.

His research interest is the regulation of gene expression with a focus on the regulation of pre-mRNA splicing by kinases in the model organism fission yeast (S. pombe). Defects in pre-mRNA splicing have been tied to various human diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and a variety of cancers. Fission yeast have many of the same evolutionarily conserved splicing machinery and kinases that exist in humans. 

Current research projects being carried out at Rockhurst University with undergraduates are focusing on how pre-mRNA splicing possibly requires phosphorylation to adapt to various stress conditions that mimic human disease states. These results will be informative for a more in-depth understanding of the essential biological process of pre-mRNA splicing during gene expression and possibly be beneficial to human disease research.

Marvin's teaching interests include a focus on biochemistry lab and lecture courses where the courses are designed to be relevant to pre-health students as well as students entering graduate school in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or related fields.