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Welcome to our Group

Research in the Nikolau Group is focused on the comprehensive understanding of metabolism. The lab is particularly focused on the discovery and characterization of novel metabolic processes, and the associated biocatalysts, utilizing expanding genomics resources as the starting point for these endeavors. Read more about Welcome to our Group

Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR)

The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana . Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. Gene product function data is updated every week from the latest published research literature and community data submissions.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Research Experience for Undergraduates opportunities are offered by the Nikolau Research Group through a variety of programs, which in the past have included the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC), the NSF hydrocarbon biofuel research project (EFRI), the NSF Arabidopsis metabolomics research project, the NSF-Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) collaborative research program and the Ames Laboratory Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship ( Read more about Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct (interactive movie)

In "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct," you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices.

IBS: Illustrator for Biological Sequences

In this work, we present a new tool called Illustrator for Biological Sequences (IBS) for assisting experimentalists in drawing publication-quality diagrams of both protein and nucleotide sequences. With a dual-mode user interface, experimentalists are allowed to produce their own schematic diagrams for either protein or nucleotide sequences in a convenient manner. To provide a user-friendly software package, abundant graphical elements, such as polygons, brackets, curves and polylines, are available for representing functional elements or regulatory molecules.