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Department ofChemistry and Biochemistry

Ian Carter-O'Connell

Ian Carter-O'Connell

Assistant Professor

Degree Information

Ph.D. Biochemistry, Harvard University
B.A. Biochemistry, The Colorado College


In the Carter-O'Connell lab we are focused on using biochemistry to uncover the role of ADP-ribosylation in both normal human physiology (cell development, signal transduction, gene regulation) and disease (such as cancer). We aim to couple a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles that govern ADP-ribose transfer in the cell to the biological outcomes of normal and malignant ADP-ribose signaling.

  • Biochemistry I (Chem 141)
  • Biochemistry Lab (Chem 143)

Carter-O’Connell, I., Jin, H., Morgan, R.K., Zaja, R., David, L.L., Ahel, I., and Cohen, M.S. (2016). Identifying Family-Member-Specific Targets of Mono-ARTDs by Using a Chemical Genetics Approach. Cell Reports. 14(3): 621-31.

Morgan, R.K., Carter-O’Connell, I., and Cohen, M.S. (2015). Selective Inhibition of PARP10 Using a Chemical Genetics Strategy. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 25(21): 4770-3.

Carter-O’Connell, I. and Cohen, M.S. (2015). Identifying Direct Protein Targets of Poly-ADP-Ribose Polymerases (PARPs) Using Engineered PARP Variants-Orthogonal Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) Analog Pairs. Current Protocols in Chemical Biology. 7(2): 121-39.

Carter-O’Connell, I., Jin H., Morgan, R.K., David, L.L., and Cohen, M.S. (2014). Engineering the Substrate Specificity of ADP-Ribosyltransferases for Identifying Direct Protein Targets. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 136(14): 5201-4.

Carter-O’Connell, I., Peel, M., Wykoff, D.D., and O’Shea, E.K. (2012). Genome-Wide Characterization of the Phosphate Starvation Response in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. BMC Genomics. 13:697.

Carter-O’Connell, I., Booth, D., Eason, B., and Grover, N.K. (2008). Thermodynamic Examination of Trinucleotide Bulged RNA in the Context of HIV-1 TAR RNA. RNA. 14(12): 2550-6.