• B.A. Capital University, Chemistry 1997
  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Biochemistry & Biophysics 2001
Areas of Interest
  • Mechanistic and structural enzymology of aerobic nicotinic acid (Vitamin B3) catabolism.
  • Determining the genes and mechanisms of degradation of antidepressants by bacteria in the environment.
  • Functional characterization of novel phosphagen kinases, with the goal of discerning the evolution of substrate specificity, cooperative substrate binding and quaternary structure.
Courses Taught
  • CHEM 101: Chemistry and the World in Which We Live
  • CHEM 111: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 112: General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 399: Biophysical Chemistry
  • BCMB 303: Techniques in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • BCMB 331: Principles of Biochemistry
  • BCMB 332: Biochemistry of Metabolism
  • BCMB 401: Introduction to Independent Study
  • IDPT 101: First Year Seminars in Critical Inquiry
Independent Study Advising
  • Laura Sherer: Biophysical characterization of the cofactors in the putative NicAB complex from Bacillus niacini.
  • Tsun Ki Jerrick To: Characterizing the genetic determinants of the nicotinic acid degradation pathway in Bacillus niacini.
  • Manish Aryal: Evolution of negative cooperativity in phosphagen kinases
  • D. Fraga., K. Stock*, M. Aryal*, C. Demoll*, L. Fannin*, and M. J. Snider (2019) Bacterial arginine kinases have a highly skewed distribution within the Proteobacteria. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part B 233, 60-71.
  • K. D. Nakamoto*, S. W. Perkins*, R. G. Campbell*, M. R. Bauerle*, T. G. Gerwig*, S. Gerislioglu, C. Wesdemiotis, M. A. Anderson, K. A. Hicks and M. J. Snider (2019);  Mechanism of 6-hydroxynicotinate 3-monoxygenase, a flavin-dependent decarboxylative hydroxylase involved in aerobic nicotinic acid degradation; Biochemistry58, 1751-1763.
  • Katherine A. Hicks, Meigan E. Yuen, Wei Feng Zhen, Tyler J. Gerwig*, Ryan W. Story*, Megan Kopp, Mark J. Snider (2016)  Structural and biochemical characterization of 6-hydroxynicotinic acid 3-monooxygenase, a novel decarboxylative hydroxylase involved in aerobic nicotinate degradation. Biochemistry 55, 3432-3446.
  • D. Fraga, M. Aryal*, J. E. Hall*, E. Rae*, and M. Snider (2015)  Characterization of the arginine kinase isoforms in Caenorhabditis elegans.  Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry; Part B: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 187; 85-101.
  • Z. H. Harvey* and M. J. Snider (2014)  Draft genome of the nicotinate-metablizing soil bacterium Bacillus niacini (DSM 2923).  Genome Announc. 2 (6) e01251-14.
  • A. Palmer*, B. Begress*, J. Van Houten*, M. J. Snider, and D. Fraga (2013) Characterization of a putative oomycete taurocyamine kinase: Implications for the evolution of the phosphagen kinase family. Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry; Part B: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 166; 173-181.
  • G. K. Schroeder, L. Zhou, M. J. Snider, X. Chen, and R. Wolfenden (2012) Flight of a cytidine deaminase complex with an imperfect transition state analogue inhibitor: mass spectrometric evidence for the presence of a trapped water molecule. Biochemistry 51, 6476-6486.
  • J. Bragg, A. Rajkovic*, C. Anderson, R. Curtis, J. V-Houten*, B. Bergres*, C. Naples*, M. Snider, D. Fraga, and M. Singer (2012) Identification and characterization of an arginine kinase from Myxococcus xanthus required from fruiting body formation and cell differentiation; J. Bacteriology 194, 2668-2676.
  • V. A. Kincaid*, E. D. Sullivan*, R. D. Klein*, J. W. Noel*, R. S. Rowlett, M. J. Snider (2012) Structure and catalytic mechanism of nicotinate (vitamin B3) degradative enzyme maleamate amidohydrolase from BrodetellaBronchiseptica RB50; Biochemistry 51, 545-554.
  • National Science Foundation (2018-present), Molecular Biophysics Program RUI: Collaborative Research:  Enzymology of Bacterial Nicotinic Acid Catabolism by Mark Snider (PI), Katherine Hicks (PI, SUNY Cortland) $ 551,536.
  • National Science Foundation (2016-2019), Major Research Instrumentation Program Acquisition of an NMR Spectrometer to Sustain Excellence in Undergraduate Research with Paul Bonvallet (PI), Judith Amburgey-Peters, Spring Knapp and Sarah Sobeck
  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement: Multi-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award Program (2012-2014), “Bacterial Degradation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products During Waste Water Treatment” with Stephanie Strand (Biology) and Melissa Schultz (Chemistry).
  • National Science Foundation (2008-2011), “Acquisition of an LC/MS/MS to Enhance Undergraduate Research and Teaching” with Melissa Schultz and Paul Edmiston (Chemistry).
  • National Science Foundation (2006-2009), “Acquisition of an Isothermal Titration Calorimeter” with Paul Bonvallet (Chemistry) and Don Jacobs (Physics).
  • National Science Foundation (2004-2007), “RUI: Comparative Structure – Function Analysis of Phosphagen Kinases” with Paul Edmiston and Dean Fraga (Biology).