Marco Colombini

University of Maryland, USA


Marco Colombini obtained his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from McGill University in 1974 for his studies of Na+-dependent amino acid transport in plasma membrane vesicles. From 1974 to 1979, he worked under Alan Finkelstein on the VDAC channel from mitochondria, a protein channel that he codiscovered. From 1976 to 1979 and from 1977 to 1079, he worked as an Assistant Professor of neuroscience and of physiology, respectively, at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since 1979, he has been serving as a Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently serves as an Associate Chair and as the Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Biology. He is affiliated with the Departments of Bioengineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Molecular Genetics. He served as a Chair of the Bioenergetics Subgroup of the Biophysical Society from 2004 to 2007. He is also on the Editorial Board of Biochimica et Biophysica Acta and the Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes. He has published over 120 papers and book chapters and his publications have received over 5000 citations. His current research interest is in the channels found in the mitochondrial outer membrane and their role in apoptosis. His research is focused on VDAC and ceramide channels, which were discovered in his laboratory. However, his interests are broader and extend to the structure of membranes and their components, especially sphingolipids, transporters, and channel formers.

Biography Updated on 24 January 2011

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