Biochemist Dr. Chris Johnson Joins MSU Chemistry as Assistant Professor

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Christopher Johnson will be joining our department this fall! Dr. Johnson is an expert in membrane protein channel structure and function, and his contributions to Chemistry will significantly strengthen our biochemistry division.

Dr. Johnson earned his BS in Chemistry from the State University of New York and an MS and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Georgia State University. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Graduate Instruction Teaching Award (GSU), an NIH NRSA predoctoral training award, an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship. He has completed postdoctoral training at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and he currently holds research scientist appointments at Vanderbilt and The Ohio State University.

Dr. Johnson plans to establish research programs in understanding molecular properties of calcium sensitive ion channels. In particular, he aims to understand how such ion channels are involved in muscle contraction and disease. He has proposed research that targets cardiovascular disease, and he will bring expertise in electrophysiology to our department and the broader university environment. In addition, Chris brings expertise in NMR spectroscopy, protein crystallography, and membrane protein biophysics that complements our current strengths in biological and physical chemistry.

Chris has authored over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and he has given presentations on his research all over the world, including in Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Dr. Nick Fitzkee, associate professor of biological and physical chemistry, is excited about this new hire. “Chris has a contagious passion and energy for science, and we look forward to bringing that enthusiasm into our department,” Nick said. “Hiring Chris strengthens our foothold in the growing fields of biophysics and structural biology, and I look forward to having him as a colleague.”

Dr. Johnson is expected to be a tremendously productive adviser, mentor, and collaborator, and he will undoubtedly be a tremendous asset to our department and MSU.

Please join us in congratulating Chris and welcoming him to the Department of Chemistry!

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