April Kaneshiro

Ph.D. Student

Areas of Interest

I am studying enzymes that utilize the recently discovered prenylated FMN (prFMN) flavin. This modified flavin is used to perform chemically difficult (de)carboxylation reactions through a novel mechanism in enzymes such as ferulic acid decarboxylase (Fdc1). In my research, I plan to uncover the mechanism of Fdc1 as well as identify other enzymes that utilize the prFMN flavin.

Mentor:  Neil Marsh, Ph.D.