Jeffrey D. RudolfAssistant Professor University of FloridaChemistry – Chemical Biology Division
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Natural Products Discovery, Biosynthesis, Enzymology, and Engineering
Our group works on discovering novel natural products from bacteria, understanding how they are made, and how they can be utilized and engineered for human health. Natural products are the most chemically and structurally diverse naturally-occurring small molecules, have diverse roles in nature, and are the most successful class of drugs. Genome sequencing projects revealed that bacteria possess the potential to create (essentially) an unlimited number of new natural products. These natural products require undiscovered pathways and enzymes to biosynthesize them, providing opportunities to biochemically characterize unique enzymes. Research in our group is very multidisciplinary; students receive training in microbiology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, metabolomics, chemistry, biosynthesis, and enzymology.
Education and Training
2003–2007: B.S. Biochemistry, Walla Walla University
2007–2013: Ph.D. (Chemistry), University of Utah (lab of C. Dale Poulter)
2013–2018: Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Research, (lab of Ben Shen)