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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 and how is the mitochondrion impacted by metabolic dysregulations in mammalian cells? Prospective undergraduate and graduate students are strongly encouraged to contact me directly to inquire about current research opportunities.

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  • Biology


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 molecular and mitochondrial physiology. 

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Phone: 217-581-6386