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Dr. Ron Wek
Showalter Professor 
IU School of Medicine
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
phone: (317) 274-0549

Dr Wek joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IU School of Medicine in the spring of 1992.


He is actively involved in mentoring students, participating in student thesis committees, teaching Medical school and graduate courses and is currently an Associate editor for the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

He was named a Showalter Professor in 2009.



Postdoctoral Fellow 1987-1991  National Institute of Child Health and Development in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Hinnebusch

PhD   University of California Irvine  1987

Bsc    University of California Irvine  1980

Professional Activities

Journal of Biological Chemistry, member of editorial board 2006-2011, 2013-2018

Journal of Biological Chemistry, Associate editor 2016-present


Reviewer for scientific journals and federal funding agencies:
National Science Foundation and Department of Energy

Ad hoc reviewer for scientific journals:
Advances in Nutrition, American Journal of Physiology, Applied Cancer Research, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biochemistry, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Biotechniques, BMC Genomics, BMC Microbiology, Cancer Cell, Cancer Research, Cell Cycle, Cell Metabolism, Cell & Molecular Biology, Cell Proliferation, Developmental Biology, eLIFE, Eukaryotic Cell, European Journal of Biochemistry, Experimental Cell Research, EMBO Journal, EMBO Reports, FASEB Journal, Genome Research, Genome Biology, Genetics, FEBS Journal, Frontiers, Journal of Biological Chemistry (member of editorial board, 2006-2011); Genes and Development, Genome Biology, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Molecular Biology, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental therapeutics, Journal of Virology, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Molecular Cancer Research, Molecular Cell, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Molecular Endocrinology Molecular Microbiology, Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Communication, Nature Medicine, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Nucleic Acids Research, Oncogene, Physiological Genomics, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences USA, PLoS Genetics, PLoS One, RNA, RNA Biology, Science Reports, Science Signaling, Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Translation, Yeast

Professional Societies

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

American Society for Cell Biology


Sullivan, W.J. and Wek, R.C, “Mutant parasites for use as vaccines and platforms for screening for compounds to control parasite infections.” Patent number 8962265. Issued Feb, 2015.

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