Michael Kearse — Assistant Professor/Group Leader

BS with Distinction, Penn State PhD, Lehigh University Postdoc, University of Michigan (NIH F32 Kirschstein NRSA Fellow) Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania (NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award)

Research Interests: ribosomes, regulation of mRNA translation, RNA-based mechanisms of human disease, collaborative science.

Out of Lab Interests: spending time with my wife and our two young kids, (very) dark roast coffee, BIG10 college football, turning things up to 11 (click here for reference).


Addie and Lincoln

Junior members of the lab that contribute to the entropy of the lab’s staff office during time points that spill over into the weekends.



The newest member of the lab with a bright future. The Cadillac of all plate readers with all the bells and whistles. It does everything for absorbance-, fluorescence-, luminescence-, FRET-, BRET-based assays…except making espresso.


Frac/Frank/The Expensive Big Red Box

Originally hailing from New Brunswick, Canada via the folks at Biocomp, Frac, along with a completely digital and awesome Triax flow cell and perfectly-timed automated fraction collector, is uniquely capable of simultaneous UV absorbance and fluorescence detection. Perfect for ribosome fractionation and polysome profiling. But, unfortunately, Frac also does not make espresso.

Making a fashionably late arrival in mid-September.


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