Markos Koutmos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics


Markos Koutmos is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biophysics, with an affiliation with the graduate Program in Chemical Biology and the Cancer Biology Program. Dr. Koutmos received his Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and obtained his PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of Michigan. He then trained in macromolecular crystallography in the laboratories of Drs. Martha Ludwig and Janet Smith before launching his independent career in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Koutmos and his lab joined the University of Michigan in 2018.

Research Interests

The Koutmos lab combines chemistry, biophysics and biology approaches to build a foundation of basic knowledge for understanding the remarkable chemistries catalyzed by nature’s best enzymes, uncovering the roles of biomacromolecules in disease, and discovering new classes of therapeutic targets. The Koutmos lab is specifically interested in RNA modifications and RNA/protein interactions, in mitochondrial RNA biology and processing and in RNA structure and dynamics.

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