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Department announces hiring of Dr. Catherine Musselman

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Catherine Musselman. Dr. Musselman was the standout in an extremely competitive structural biology faculty search run by Dr. M. Todd Washington and colleagues. She will begin as a tenure track assistant professor on July 31 and plans to focus on deciphering epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation and how misregulation of these pathways is associated with disease.

Dr. Musselman is a 2005 MS and a 2007 PhD in chemistry from the University of Michigan with Drs. Hashim Al-Hashimi and Ioan Andricioaei. As a graduate student, she used molecular dynamics simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to elucidate the structural dynamics of TAR, an RNA molecule from the human AIDS virus.

In 2007, she returned to her native Colorado to perform post-doctoral research with Dr. Tatiana Kutateladze at the Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. In Dr. Kutateladze’s laboratory, Dr. Musselman characterized epigenetic effector domains using NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography and other biochemical and biophysical techniques. During her time as a post-doctoral fellow, she was supported by individual fellowships from the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the Cancer League of Colorado. Her post-doctoral work produced sixteen publications, eight as first author.

As a new faculty member at Iowa, Dr. Musselman brings sophisticated questions and techniques to the analysis of the protein and nucleic acid associations of the polycomb group 2 complex and the interactions of effector domain proteins with modified nucleosomes. She is described by faculty colleagues as a perfect match with members of the Biochemistry department because she integrates interests in gene expression, chromatin, metabolism, and the structural basis of macromolecular function. Dr. Musselman is the 9th new primary faculty member in Biochemistry since July 1, 2009.

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