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Matthew King and Owen McDougal

Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences
By: Cienna Madrid Published: 5/31/2017
Matt King portrait.

Matthew King

Owen McDougal studio portrait

Owen McDougal

Assistant research professor Matthew King and chemistry department chair Owen McDougal contributed to work published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications.  The paper “Fortilin binds IRE1α and prevents ER stressfrom signaling apoptotic cell death” describes the role of the protein fortilin in suppressing programmed cell death.

Their work with collaborator Ken Fujise at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, has led to promising National Institute of Health funding opportunities together with Lisa Warner, a research scientist with the Boise State University Biomolecular Research Center. The current publication serves as a prominent first step in what is likely to be a very fruitful, multi-year, interdisciplinary team project.