Katherine Hicks

Postdoctoral Research,  Cornell University.  Advisor: Professor Steven Ealick   Katherine for web
Ph.D., University of Michigan.  Advisor: Professor Carol Fierke
B.S., Bucknell University

Katherine Hicks joined the Chemistry Department at SUNY Cortland in the Fall of 2013.  She is a biochemist who studies enzymes using kinetic and thermodynamic assays and protein X-ray crystallography.  Dr. Hicks currently teaches classes in Biochemistry and General Chemistry.


Nilkamal Mahanta*, Katherine A. Hicks*, Saad Naseem, Yang Zhang, Dmytro Fedoseyenko, Steven E. Ealick, and Tadhg P. Begley. “Menaquinone Biosynthesis: Biochemical and Structural Studies of Chorismate Dehydratase,” Biochemistry (2019), 58(14) 1837-1840.

Katherine A. Hicks and Steven E. Ealick. “Biochemical and Structural Characterization of Klebsiella pneumoniae Oxamate Amidohydrolase in the Uric Acid Degradation Pathway,” Acta Crystallographica, Section D, Biological Crystallography (2016), 72(Pt 6), 808-816.

Katherine A. Hicks, Seán E. O’Leary, Tadhg P. Begley, and Steven E. Ealick. “Structural and Mechanistic Studies of HpxO, a Novel Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide-Dependent Urate Oxidase from Klebsiella pneumoniae,” Biochemistry, (2013), 52(3), 477-487.

James L. Hougland*, Katherine A. Hicks*, Heather L. Hartman, Rebekah A. Kelly, Terry J. Watt, and Carol A. Fierke. “Identification of Novel Peptide Substrates for Protein Farnesyltransferase Reveals Two Substrate Classes with Distinct Sequence Selectivities,” Journal of Molecular Biology, (2010), 395(1), 176-190.

Seán E. O’Leary, Katherine A. Hicks, Steven E. Ealick, and Tadhg P. Begley. “Biochemical Characterization of the HpxO Enzyme from Klebsiella pneumoniae, a Novel FAD-Dependent Urate Oxidase,” Biochemistry, (2009), 48(14), 3033-3035.

Amanda J. Krzysia, Sarah A. Scott, Katherine A. Hicks, Carol A. Fierke, and Richard A. Gibbs. “Evaluation of Protein Farnesyltransferase Substrate Specificity using Synthetic Peptide Libraries,” Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, (2007), 17(20), 5548-5551.

Katherine A. Hicks, Heather L. Hartman, and Carol A. Fierke. “Upstream Polybasic Region in Peptides Enhances Dual Specificity for Prenylation by Both Farnesyltransferase and Geranylgeranyltransferase Type I,” Biochemistry, (2005), 44(46), 15325-15333.

Heather L. Hartman*, Katherine A. Hicks*, and Carol A. Fierke. “Peptide Specificity of Protein Prenyltransferases is Determined Mainly by Reactivity Rather than Binding Affinity,” Biochemistry, (2005), 44(46), 15314-15324.

Sarah A. Reigard, Todd J. Zahn, Kellie B. Haworth, Katherine A. Hicks, Carol A. Fierke, and Richard A. Gibbs. “Interplay of Isoprenoid and Peptide Substrate Specificity in Protein Farnesyltransferase,” Biochemistry, (2005), 44(33), 11214-11223.

Roger S. Rowlett, Chingkuang Tu, Melissa M. McKay, Jeffrey R. Preiss, Rebecca J. Loomis, Katherine A. Hicks, Robb J. Marchione, Jacob A. Strong, George S. Donovan Jr., and Joy E. Chamberlin. “Kinetic characterization of wild-type and proton transfer-impaired variants of b-carbonic anhydrase from Arabidopsis thaliana,Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, (2002), 404(2), 197-209.

*These authors contributed equally