Laboratory of Microbial Biochemistry

Skidmore College


Recent News:

May 29, 2018
Welcome Jazmin S. & Ashley S. to the group! Joining them this summer are Jon B., Jose H., Sento K., and Yutong L. Welcome  back!

May 19, 2018
Congratulations to Karli R., Katie S., Caitlin S., Emily W., & Rebecca W. on graduating! We will miss you.
May 3, 2018
Congratulations to Karli R., Katie S., & Rebecca W. on presenting your honor theses at Academic Festival. Also to Emily W. for presenting her poster. Great job all!

Welcome to the Sheppard Research Group!

Six Undergrauate Researchers, Summer 2018 Team

In general, we are interested in understanding how microbes prepare amino acids for use in protein synthesis. We are also studying how to apply that understanding to expand the genetic code. Student collaborators learn not only biochemical techniques but also those in microbiology and molecular biology. The laboratory is in the Chemistry Department at Skidmore College and affiliated with the RNA Institute at SUNY-Albany.

Research Projects


Projects in the lab (left to right) include RNA-dependent asparagine biosynthesis in S. aureus and Bacilli, evolution of tRNA specificity by bacterial aspartyl-tRNA synthetases, and expansion of the genetic code. To learn more about the Research Group please look through these webpages and/or contact Dr. Kelly Sheppard or any of the lab members.