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Kevin A. Morano

Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
The University of Texas Health Science Center
United States of America


Dr. Morano is a native Californian who received his B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine working with Drs. Stephen Weller and Ann Sakai on the evolution of dioecy in flowering plants, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of California, Davis with Dr. Daniel Klionsky studying vacuolar protein sorting and autophagy. He became interested in protein homeostasis and stress gene expression as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan with Dr. Dennis Thiele. Dr. Morano is a recipient of the GSBS John P. McGovern Teaching Award (2007, 2013), the GSBS Paul E. Darlington Mentor Award (2013), the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award (2014), and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Research Interest

Protein chaperones and stress response in Saccharomyces cerevisiae


  • Morano KA. Groupthink: chromosomal clustering during transcriptional memory. Microb Cell. 2015 Nov 26;2(12):454-457.

  • Garcia VM, Rowlett VW, Margolin W, Morano KA. Semi-automated microplate monitoring of protein polymerization and aggregation. Anal Biochem. 2016 Sep 1;508:9-11.

  • Allan KM, Loberg MA, Chepngeno J, Hurtig JE, Tripathi S, Kang MG, Allotey JK, Widdershins AH, Pilat JM, Sizek HJ, Murphy WJ, Naticchia MR, David JB, Morano KA, West JD. Trapping redox partnerships in oxidant-sensitive proteins with a small, thiol-reactive cross-linker. Free Radic Biol Med. 2016 Dec;101:356-366.

  • Garcia VM, Nillegoda NB, Bukau B, Morano KA. Substrate binding by the yeast Hsp110 nucleotide exchange factor and molecular chaperone Sse1 is not obligate for its biological activities. Mol Biol Cell. 2017 Jul 15;28(15):2066-2075.

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