Katja Michael

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Associate Professor, Chemistry - Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)

Dr. Michael conducts research in synthetic organic and bioorganic chemistry. Specifically, her laboratory develops new methods for the synthesis of peptides and glycopeptides utilizing UV light. For example, based on previous work by Nicolaou, her research group developed a nitroindoline-containing photoreactive linker for solid phase peptide synthesis, which generates photoreactive peptides. These compounds can be photochemically modified at the C-terminus producing a variety of synthetically useful peptide derivatives, including peptide thioesters (Org. Biomol. Chem. 2007, 5, 759), peptide acids, peptide amides, and peptide hydrazides (unpublished work). The Michael group has also developed a convergent synthesis of N-glycopeptides utilizing photoreactive peptides as starting materials (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 1077).

In addition, Dr. Michael has a well-established collaboration with Dr. Igor Almeida, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso. Together they developed new carbohydrate-based diagnostic antigens for Chagas disease (Org. Biomol. Chem. 2013, 11, 5579). The role of Dr. Michael’s laboratory in this project was the chemical synthesis of several oligosaccharides derived from the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and their conjugation to proteins for the generation of a glycoarray. Efforts to expand this work toward the development of a carbohydrate-based vaccine for Chagas disease are currently underway.


  1. Biomaterials
  2. Bioorganic Chemistry
  3. Carbohydrates
  4. Organic Chemistry
  5. Peptides
  6. Photochemistry


  1. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering