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Steve Knutson

Department: Chemistry
Faculty Adviser: David MacMillan
Year of Study:
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Undergraduate Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Personal Bio

Hello! I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow in the MacMillan lab in the Chemistry department, but I'm originally from Chicago, IL. I studied Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and also worked toward a M.S. in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I then joined the lab of Dr. Jennifer Heemstra at Emory University in Atlanta to begin my PhD studies developing new tools for studying A-to-I RNA editing. I'm broadly interested in the chemical biology potential of biomolecules, and seek to further develop new methods for illuminating cellular processes. I'd like to one day be a professor and manage my own research program.

Fun Fact

I still hold a (far-fetched) dream of being an astronaut or going to space.

Research Pitch

In the MacMillan lab, I currently work on developing new tools to help map the spatial arrangement of biomolecules within the cell. In particular, we employ "proximity labeling" as a way to tag molecules that are in a specific subcellular location or near another known molecule. Surprisingly, a reliable spatial map of all the molecules (proteins, RNA, DNA) within a cell does not yet exist, so this work will importantly shed light on how cells are able to function and how this can go awry in different diseases.

Plans for Summer 2022

Looking for mentee to participate in Summer ReMatch+ program.

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