Jeffrey L. Urbauer
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
- Since 1992, my research has focused on the study of proteins and protein-protein interactions using molecular biology, biophysical methods, and, in particular, biomolecular NMR spectroscopy, as major research tools. My expertise is in protein chemistry and biomolecular NMR spectroscopy, having worked in the former for more than 30 years and the latter for over 20. I’ve played central roles in establishing high field biomolecular NMR facilities, including all aspects of instrumentation evaluation, purchase, installation and facility management, at the State University of New York at Buffalo (Chemistry) and the University of Pennsylvania (Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine), in both cases as a research (non-tenure track) professor, and in association with Professor A. Joshua Wand. As a first-year, tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Kansas (KU), I was PI for a successful proposal to the NSF that provided funding for the acquisition of a 600 MHz NMR system for biomolecular research, and was responsible for administering that project. Before leaving KU, I was heavily involved in efforts to establish a high field (800 MHz) NMR facility, including instrument evaluation, purchase and facility design. At the University of Georgia, I served as one of the focus group coordinators for the NIH-sponsored Southeast Collaboratory for High-Field Biomolecular NMR and also as the University Representative on the Governing Council for that facility. In 2010, I was the PI of a successful proposal to the NIH Shared Instrument Grant program for a new electronics console for our 800 MHz NMR instrument. I serve routinely as a reviewer grant proposals to NIH instrumentation programs, and as a reviewer for NIH and NSF grant proposals for structural biology, physical biochemistry and biomolecular NMR research.