Biomedical Sciences

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Blanca L. Barquera

Associate Professor
School of Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
United States of America


Our goal is to understand the mechanisms of the enzymes that enable bacteria to create and utilize these ion gradients and to determine the roles played by both the enzymes and gradients in the physiology of the cells. This will provide fundamental insights into the ways that bacteria affect human health, both when they are beneficial and when they are harmful.

Research Interest

bacterial pathogenes, bioenergetics, mechanistic enzymology


  • Zhao C., Swank D.M. (2017) The Drosophila indirect flight muscle myosin heavy chain isoform is insufficient to transform the jump muscle into a highly stretch-activated muscle type. American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology 312(2):C111-C118.

  • Ito, T., Murai, M., Ninokura, S., Kitazumi, Y., Mezic, K.G., Cress, B.F., Koffas, M.A.G., Morgan, J.E., Barquera, B., Miyoshi, H. 2017.Identification of the binding sites for ubiquinone and inhibitors in the Na+-pumping NADH-ubiquinone oxidoreductase from Vibrio cholerae by photoaffinity labeling. J Biol Chem. 292: 7727–7742

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