Basil Nikolau, Ph.D.

Basil NikalaurFrances M. Craig Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Director, Center for Metabolic Biology
Deputy Director, Engineering Research Center for Metabolic Biology
Iowa State University


Nikolau obtained his undergraduate degree and graduate training at Massey University, New Zealand. The PhD in chemistry and biochemistry was awarded in 1981, and he conducted post-doctoral training with Professor Paul K. Stumpf (University of California, Davis) and Dr. Daniel F. Klessig (University of Utah). In 1985 he joined a small plant biotechnology entity, Native Plants Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT) as a Senior Scientist. In 1988 he accepted an academic faculty position in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Iowa State University. Nikolauís research interests and expertise are focused on the functional genomics of metabolism. Integrating biochemical, molecular, genetic and computational approaches to decipher how complex metabolic networks are structured and regulated. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 6 patents, and edited a book on metabolomics. He currently provides leadership in the area of metabolism at Iowa State University serving as the Director of the Center of Metabolic Biology, and the Deputy Director of the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals.