Andrew Truman, Ph.D.
Dr. Truman obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at University College London, UK, focusing on the interplay between molecular chaperones and MAP kinase pathways in yeast. He worked as a postdoctoral scholar at both Johns Hopkins University and Boston University under the advisement of Dr. David E. Levin examining how MAP kinase specificity is achieved.
He joined the University of Chicago as a Research Assistant Professor to gain expertise in phospho-proteomics and global interactomics under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Kron. In 2012, he published the first detailed study on Hsp70 phosphorylation and its impact on the cell cycle in Cell.
In 2015, he established his research lab at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2021. His main focus is understanding the Chaperone Code, all post-translational modifications that impact the function of the Hsp70 molecular chaperone. He teaches three courses: BIOL3166: Genetics (undergraduate), BIOL8270: Cell Pathways and Metabolism (graduate) and BIOL8266: Advanced Protein Biotechnology (graduate).
He is a Fellow of the Cell Stress Society (FSSI) and is a Senior Editor for Cell Stress and Chaperones and Journal of Biological Chemistry. To date he has published 53 papers and is funded by multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health.
In September 2022, he was awarded the Ferruccio Ritossa Award by Cell Stress Society International (CSSI). This prestigious award is named after the discoverer of the heat shock response (Professor Ferruccio Ritossa) and was established 50 years after his groundbreaking discovery. This honor is awarded to researchers who have made major contributions to the chaperone/stress field. Dr Truman was given this award for understanding the interplay between chaperones and proteins involved in signal transduction. In 2023, Dr. Truman established and now currently leads the Charlotte Group for Proteostasis Research (https://biology.charlotte.edu/research/proteostasis-research).
Dr. Truman is an avid mountain biker and spends his weekends tackling some of the toughest (and most fun!) trails in the North Carolina countryside.