Faculty Profile for Dr. Karen A Lewis

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Dr. Karen A Lewis
Assistant Professor — Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHEM 401B
phone: (512) 245-6391

Biography Section

Teaching Interests

Protein biochemistry, molecular biology.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Zepeda, S. K., & Lewis, K. A. (n.d.). Mechanisms of Nuclear Export of the RNA-Binding Protein LARP6. In The FASEB Journal (1_supplement, Vol. 33, p. 631.49-631.49).
  • Ream, J. A., Lewis, L., & Lewis, K. A. (2018). Horizontal Agarose Gel Mobility Shift Assay for Protein-RNA Complexes. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1855, 363–370. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-8793-1_31
  • Lewis, K. A., Altschuler, S. E., & Wuttke, D. S. (2018). Measuring Low-Picomolar Apparent Binding Affinities by Minigel Electrophoretic Mobility Shift. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1855, 341–354. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-8793-1_29
  • Stephens, D., Wright, C., McIntosh, R., Lewis, K. A., & Garcia, D. M. (2018). Using molecular techniques to determine protein binding partners.
  • Stephens, D., Wright, C., Garcia, D. M., & Lewis, K. A. (2018). Detection of the zebrafish Mrp4 protein using a commercial antibody.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi Student Honor Society. 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: ABRCMS Judge Travel Award, ABRCMS/American Society for Microbiology. November 14, 2018 - November 18, 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University. September 1, 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Central Texas Local Section Volunteer of the Year, American Chemical Society. January 9, 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University. February 3, 2017

Selected Grants

  • Lewis, Karen A (Principal). Identification of the Molecular Mechanisms of RNA Binding by the Posttranscriptional Regulator LARP6, National Institutes of Health - National Institute of General Medical Studies, Federal, $460000. (Submitted: February 26, 2018, Funded: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2022). Grant.
  • Xue, Xiaoyu (Principal), Lewis, Karen A (Co-Principal). Roles of the Human TREX Complex Component UAP56 in R-loop Processing, Research Enhancement Program (REP), Texas State University, $16000. (Submitted: October 1, 2018, Funded: January 15, 2019 - May 31, 2020). Grant.
  • Toner, Chelsea M (Principal), Lewis, Karen A (Supporting). Heavy Metal Binding Affinity of Histamine-Rich Sequences from Plant Proteins, Texas State University URF Program, Texas State University, $1000. (Funded: December 12, 2016 - May 30, 2017). Grant.
  • Lewis, Karen A (Principal). Identification of the Molecular Mechanisms of RNA Binding by the Posttranscriptional Regulator LARP6, National Institutes of Health - National Institute of General Medical Studies, Federal, $432203. (Funded: May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2019). Grant.
  • Peña, Eleuterio L (Principal), Lewis, Karen A (Supporting). Conserved Cysteines May Serve a Role in RNA Binding by the LARP6 Protein, Texas State University SURF Program, Texas State University, $1000. (Funded: February 2, 2016 - May 30, 2016). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
RNA Biology
2019-Present
Mentor Training Facilitator
Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research
October 2019-Present
Organizer
Annual Hernandez Elementary STEM Field Trip
January 16, 2019-Present
Panelist
Flip My REP
April 5, 2018-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)
2017-Present