Dr. Robin Reed
Dr. Robin Reed’s research interests are in protein kinases and proteins that may bind to specific kinases in the cell. These enzymes catalyze the transfer of the g-phosphate from ATP to specific serine, threonine or tyrosine residues of target proteins. Of particular interest are the cyclic-nucleotide dependent protein kinases, PKA and PKG, and their involvement in signal transduction pathways. One technique used to isolate proteins that bind to PKA or PKG is cAMP-agarose chromatography. Student researchers in his lab have recently verified that one such cAMP-agarose binding protein is the Nucleoside Diphosphate Kinase (NDPK) that is responsible for shifting phosphate groups among various phosphorylated forms of the nucleotides. Dr. Reed is currently waiting for an energetic student researcher to help him with these projects!