Julie Maupin-Furlow, Ph.D., a professor in the department of microbiology and cell science, has an internationally recognized and independent research program that addresses both fundamental and applied processes of archaea using multidisciplinary approaches that incorporate genetics, proteomics and biochemistry. She received her Ph.D. in microbiology and cell science from UF and completed her postdoctoral at the department of anaerobic microbiology at Virginia Tech University, and the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University.
What are your current research interests and/or what is a project you are currently working on?
My multidisciplinary approach includes proteomic, biochemical, molecular, genomic and structural biology techniques to address research questions on how cells work in such extreme conditions and what features may be evolutionarily conserved or distinct among this group of organisms.
My work provides a deeper understanding of molecular mechanisms fundamental to cell biology including new discoveries in redox biology, ubiquitin-proteasomes, sulfur mobilization as well as primary and secondary metabolism.
I’ve made discoveries to advance use of microorganisms and their enzymes as industrial biocatalysts to generate renewable fuels and chemicals. Patented enzyme biocatalysts derived from extremophilic microorganisms for industrial application are practical outcomes of my program.
Who or what has inspired you to pursue this career?
I have been fortunate to have many mentors at the high school, undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels who were committed to teaching students how to perform research.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy cycling, hiking and gardening.