There are some new faces in Althouse Lab, as the third floor has a new resident. The BMB Department welcomed Dr. Emily Weinert to the faculty as an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Dr. Weinert graduated from Duke University in 2002 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry after working with Professor John Simon. She then joined Professor Steve Rokita’s group at the University of Maryland for her Ph.D. and, at the end of 2006, Emily began her postdoctoral work in Professor Michael Marletta’s laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the faculty of Emory University in 2011 where she worked for eight years prior to moving to Penn State University.
Work in the Weinert lab focuses on developing a molecular level understanding of how bacteria sense and respond to the environment. In particular, the group studies a family of oxygen-sensing proteins, working to understand the mechanism of oxygen-dependent regulation and the downstream effect. The lab is also working to understand the role of atypical cyclic nucleotides in regulating bacterial signaling pathways and phenotypes, as well as how these pathways contribute to bacterial competition and virulence.
Welcome Dr. Weinert! Welcome to the Team!