Steven_Backues

About me:

  • Research

  • Teaching

  • Mentoring

  • Publications

  • Lab Photos

  • Resources:

  • Plant Gametophyte Development

  • Plant Cytokinesis

  • Teachable Units

  • Other Cool Science Stuff
  • I am an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Chemistry Department at Eastern Michigan University. I generally teach the core biochemistry sequence, Chem451-453.

    My research is aimed at understanding how proteins control membrane structure and dynamics, specifically during the process of autophagy. At the current time there are two projects running the lab: one using a yeast-2-hybrid screen to the map interaction sites of key autophagic proteins, and another looking at which proteins affect autophagosome size and which affect autophagosome number. 

    My lab typically consists of both undergraduate and master's students. Space is limited, but I encourage inquiries from motivated students. Most students work with me for a couple of years, so sophomore- or junior-level students are particularly encouraged to apply.  If you are interested in being part of my research team, please e-mail me so that we can set up a time to discuss in more detail.

                          Lab photo 
                                                                                   Lab Photo Fall 2019.  More photos here!

    Autophagy
    My postdoctoral work was on the mechanisms of autophagosome formation in the lab of Dr. Dan Klionsky at the University of Michigan.
    dynamin
    My graduate work was the study of two families of Arabidopsis dynamin-related proteins involved in endocytosis and cytokinesis in the lab of Dr. Sebastian Bednarek in the Biochem department at UW-Madison.
    Teaching
    Ever since I worked as a chemistry tutor while getting my undergraduate degree, I have known that I wanted to not only do science but also teach it to others.
    What is biochemistry and cell biology
    Autphagosome? Endocytosis?

    If you have no idea what any of this is talking about, follow this link to a version of my website written for a more general audience.

    Atlas of Arabidopsis Gametophyte Development

    Atlas

    During my graduate work at UW-Madison I characterized the defective gametes of a dynamin-related mutant. While doing so, I also captured many beautiful images of WT gametophyte development in Arabidopsis. Because there seemed to be a scarcity of easily-available online resources with images of plant gametophyte development, I used these images to construct an informal online atlas of Arabidopsis gametophyte development.