New Faculty Member Vahe Bandarian Brings Group to the U

A head-and-shoulders photo shows a man looking at the camera with a small smile, with a brick wall in the backgroundVahe Bandarian received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, working under the direction of George Reed. He was a NIH postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Rowena Matthews at the University of Michigan prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arizona in 2003. Bandarian moved his research program to Utah in July.

Bandarian’s research interests are centered in developing molecular level understanding of biosynthesis of complex natural products. Specifically, his lab has reconstituted the key steps in the biosynthesis of the modified transfer RNA base, queuosine, which is found in all kingdoms of life. Future directions in this area will include probing the biological role of this and other ubiquitous RNA modification. Additional new areas of research being initiated will focus on mechanistic studies of enzymes involved in complex radical-mediated transformations.

Welcome to the Bandarian Group!