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Master of Science in
Biological Sciences

Meet our Graduate Faculty

Dr Michael Menze | Associate Professor

Office: 2029 - Life Science
Phone: 217-581-6386
Email: mmenze@eiu.edu
Website: http://ux1.eiu.edu/~mmenze/

Michael Menze's Vita

Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 10am -10:50am and Tuesdays 9am -9:50am
           Course Information                       Days & Time             Location  
BIO 3520-001 Animal Physiology  M W F 11am -11:50am   3071
BIO 3520-001 LAB                               T 3pm -5:50pm                 3081

My research focuses on the biochemical underpinnings of adaptations to extreme environmental insults such as elevated temperature, severe desiccation, and freezing in animals. Undergraduate and graduate students are highly encouraged to contact me by phone or email about current research opportunities. For more information and manuscripts please see:

http://works.bepress.com/michael_menze/

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Frequently Taught Courses

Cell and Molecular Biology (BIO3120)
Animal Physiology (BIO3520)
Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIO4751)
Advanced Cell Physiology (BIO5400)

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

Engaging undergraduate students in inquiry-based research experiences

Selected Publications

Selected Publications
 
Bailey* T.L., Wang M., Solocinski J., Nathan B.P., Chakraborty N., and Menze M.A. (2015). Protective effects of osmolytes in cryopreserving adherent neuroblastoma (Neuro-2a) cells. Cryobiology, doi: 10.1016/j.cryobiol.2015.08.015.

Martinez E., Porreca* A.P., Colombo R.E. and Menze M.A. (2015). Tradeoffs of warm adaptation in aquatic ectotherms: live fast, die young? Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A, doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2015.07.014.

Hand S.C. and Menze M.A. (2015).  Molecular approaches for improving desiccation tolerance: insights from the brine shrimp Artemia franciscana. Planta 242(2):379-388.

Stokich B., Osgood Q., Grimm D., Moorthy S., Chakraborty N., and Menze M.A. (2014). Cryopreservation of hepatocyte (HepG2) cell monolayers: impact of trehalose. Cryobiology 69(2):281-90.

Roberts* M.E., Crail J.P., Laffoon M., Fernandez W., Menze M.A., and Konkle M.E. (2013). Identification of disulfide bond formation between mitoNEET and glutamate dehydrogenase 1. Biochemistry 52 (50): 8969-8971.

Martinez E., Menze M.A., and Torres J.J. (2013). Mitochondrial energetics of benthic and pelagic Antarctic teleosts. Mar. Biol. 160: 2813-2823.

Marunde M.A., Samarajeewa* D.A., Anderson* J., Li S., Hand S.C., and Menze M.A. (2013). Improved tolerance to salt and water stress in Drosophila melanogaster cells conferred by late embryogenesis abundant protein. J. Insect. Physiol. 59: 377-386.

Li S., Chakraborty N., Borcar A., Menze M.A., Toner M., Hand S.C. (2012). Late embryogenesis abundant proteins protect human hepatoma cells during acute desiccation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 109 (51): 20859-64.

Hand S.C, Menze M.A., Toner M, Boswell L., and Moore D. (2011). Expression of LEA proteins during water stress: not just for plants anymore. Annu. Rev. Physiol. 17 (73):115-34.

Menze M.A., Boswell L., Toner M. and Hand S.C. (2009). Occurrence of mitochondrial-targeted late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) gene in animals increases organelle resistance to water stress. J. Biol. Chem. 284 (16): 10714-10719.

*EIU graduate student researcher,undergraduate student researcher underlined.

Selected Conference Presentations

Selected Presentations

Grimm D.F., Altamirano L, Paudel* S., Welker L., Herrera J., Konkle M., and Menze M.A. Effects of pioglitazone on liver cell bioenergetics. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), Philadelphia, PA, 2014.

Paudel* S., Welker L., Nathan B.P., Konkle M. and Menze MA. D-galactose decreases mitoNEET (CISD1) levels in HepG2 cells. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), Philadelphia, PA, 2014.

Stokich B. and Menze M.A. Biomimetic approaches in cryopreservation. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for the Advancement in Sciences (AAAS), Chicago, IL, 2014.

Fernandez W., Erbacher L., Konkle M., and Menze M.A. Examining the role of estrogen and oxidative damage in Alzheimer's Disease. Posters on the Hill. To highlight undergraduate research to U.S. Senators and Representatives. Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, 2013.

Martinez E., Menze M.A., and Torres J.J. Mitochondrial energetics of benthic and pelagic Antarctic teleosts. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, New Orleans, LA, 2013.

Camp N., Martinez E., Phillips C., Procerra*  A., Torres J., Colombo R., and Menze M.A. Life in hot waters: live fast and die young. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). San Francisco, CA, 2013.

Marunde M., Nguyen M.A., Hand S.C., and Menze M.A. Late Embryogenesis Abundant protein improves mitochondrial function under salt and water stress.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). San Francisco, CA, 2013.

Menze M.A. Group I LEA protein ameliorates inhibition of mitochondrial respiration in Drosophila Kc167 cells. Presented at the annual Mitochondrial Physiology (MIP) meeting, Obergurgl, Austria, 2013.


*EIU graduate student researcher,undergraduate student researcher underlined.

Funding & Grants

NSF grant “Collaborative Research: Mechanisms of Tolerance to Severe Water Stress in Animals“ (05/2015 - 04/2019; Michael Menze, PI; IOS-1456809). Amount awarded: $173,373.

NSF grant “Mechanisms of Animal Desiccation Tolerance” (09/2009 - 09/2014; Steven Hand, PI, Michael Menze, Co-PI; IOS-0920254). Total amount awarded: $600,000. To investigate the increase in dehydration tolerance of transgenic Drosophila cell lines that is conferred by late embryogenesis abundant proteins (LEA) from the brine shrimp Artemia franciscana.

Antarctic Expedition “Collaborative Research: Possible Climate Induced Changes in the Distribution of Pleuragramma antarcticum on the Western Antarctic Peninsula Shelf” (03/10-05/10; Jose Torres, PI, Michal Menze, Participating Faculty,B-258-N). To investigate the impact of temperature on mitochondrial function in P. antarcticum.


Awards in Teaching 
 
2015 Student Government Distinguished Faculty Award.
2014 Provost's Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.
2013 College of Sciences Lida G. Wall Faculty Research Mentor and Teacher Award.
2012 College of Sciences Student Advisory Board Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.

Awards in Research

2015 Achievement and Contribution Award.
2015 Deans Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.
2013 Achievement and Contribution Award.
2011 Deans Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.
2011 Achievement and Contribution Award.
2010 Deans Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.
 

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Contact Information

Dr. Britto P Nathan
Professor and Graduate Coordinator

2154 Life Science Annex
Life Sciences Building
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-6891
bpnathan@eiu.edu


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