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Michael Menze

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

My research centers around three main questions: how can some animals (extremophiles) survive environmental insults such as dehydration, freezing, or lack of oxygen? how to apply strategies used by extremophiles to improve mammalian cell and tissue storage? how are mitochondrial functions maintained in extremophile animals? Prospective undergraduate and graduate students are strongly encouraged to contact me directly to inquire about current research opportunities.

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  • Biology

Engaging students in undergraduate research


Dr. rer. nat.    
Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany (Physiology)
Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany (Molecular Biophysics)
Dipl. Biol.        
Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
Major: Zoology (Physiology)
Minors: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry

Research Interests

My laboratory focuses on comparative molecular and mitochondrial physiology. 

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Phone: 217-581-6386

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