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Kenneth A. Johnson

Professor
Computational Life Sciences and Biology
Texas A and M University
United States of America

Biography

Kenneth A. Johnson received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Iowa in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin in 1975 for work with Dr. Gary Borisy on the dynamics of microtubule assembly. He then pursued postdoctoral training with Dr. Edwin Taylor at the University of Chicago where he first learned transient kinetic methods in studies on the actomyosin ATPase. Dr. Johnson's first academic appointment was in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University where he rapidly rose to the rank of Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry. In 1998, he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas at Austin as the Roger Williams Professor of Biochemistry.

Research Interest

Dr. Johnson's current research focuses on the kinetic basis for DNA polymerase fidelity including structure/function studies on HIV reverse transcriptase and the human mitochondrial DNA polymerase aiming to understand molecular basis for the effectiveness and toxicity of nucleoside analogs used to treat HIV infections

Publications

  • Karnas E, Kim SK, Johnson KA, Sessler JL, Ohkubo K, Fukuzumi S. Stopped-flow kinetic analysis of the interaction of cyclo [8] pyrrole with anions. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2010 Nov 2;132(46):16617-22.

  • Karnas E, Kim SK, Johnson KA, Sessler JL, Ohkubo K, Fukuzumi S. Stopped-flow kinetic analysis of the interaction of cyclo [8] pyrrole with anions. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2010 Nov 2;132(46):16617-22.

  • Johnson KA, Goody RS. The original Michaelis constant: translation of the 1913 Michaelis–Menten paper. Biochemistry. 2011 Sep 9;50(39):8264-9.

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