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Kam Dahlquist - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Kam Dahlquist

Professor of Biology | Loyola Marymount University


Seaver College of Science and Engineering





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Phone: 310.338.7697
Email: Kam.Dahlquist@lmu.edu
Office: Life Sciences Building 289

Dr. Kam Dahlquist is an Associate Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Dahlquist earned a B.A. in Biology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Dahlquist performed postdoctoral research at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease at the University of California, San Francisco, and taught for two years at Vassar College before joining the LMU faculty in 2005.

In her research, Dr. Dahlquist follows an interdisciplinary approach to understanding gene regulatory networks that involves cutting-edge techniques in genomics, mathematical, and computational biology. This research crosses over into her teaching in such courses as Molecular Biology of the Genome, Biological Databases, Biomathematical Modeling and Bioinformatics Laboratory. She believes that her research and teaching must be informed by and contribute to a broader social context.

Education (3)

University of California at Santa Cruz: Ph.D., Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology 2000

Pomona College: B.A., Biology 1993

University College: Study Abroad Program, Philosophy of Science 1991

Areas of Expertise (12)




Structural Biology


Higher Education

Molecular Biology




Computational Biology


Industry Expertise (2)



Accomplishments (1)

Award (professional)


Awarded the ASBMB Thematic Best Poster Award in Systems Biology, for poster presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

Affiliations (6)

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Open Bioinformatics Foundation
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • International Society for Computational Biology
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Media Appearances (2)

Seaver Biologist Helps Solve Computational Data-Sharing Riddle

LMU Newsroom  online


Want a glimpse of a key problem for biology researchers in the 21st century? Imagine the United Nations with no earphones and no translators. How would diplomats communicate?

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Open Access in action at LMU: Professor Kam Dahlquist

LMU Library News  online


We are highlighting members of the LMU community, who share why open access matters to them and how they've incorporated open access into their research, instruction, and publications.

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Event Appearances (4)

Panelist: In the Open: the Future of Open Access Publishing and Libraries; Talk: Open Access Publishing: A PUI Faculty Perspective

SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium) Colloquium  Los Angeles, CA


GRNmap and GRNsight: Open Source Software for Dynamical Systems Modeling and Visualization of Medium-Scale Gene Regulatory Networks

Fifth Annual Southern California Systems Biology Conference  Irvine, CA


Brrrr--How Do Yeast Cope When It's Cold Outside? Using DNA Microarrays and Mathematical Modeling to Understand Gene Regulatory Networks in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Chapman University  Orange, CA


Regulatory Dynamics of the Transcriptional Network Controlling the Cold Shock Response in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting  San Diego, CA


Research Grants (2)

ASBMB and NSF Travel Grant

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology $2,250


Received $2,250 to present at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, April 20-24, 2012 in San Diego, California.

Research Grant

NSF-DMS Mathematical Biology, MCB Genes and Genome Systems $246,123


Collaborative Research and RUI: Stochastic Dynamic Network Models of Gene Regulation under Environmental Stress

Articles (5)

The BioPAX community standard for pathway data sharing

Nature Genetics


Biological Pathway Exchange (BioPAX) is a standard language to represent biological pathways at the molecular and cellular level and to facilitate the exchange of pathway data. The rapid growth of the volume of pathway data has spurred the development of databases and computational tools to aid interpretation; however, use of these data is hampered by the current fragmentation of pathway information across many databases with incompatible formats.

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GenMAPP 2: New Features and Resources for Pathway Analysis

BMC Bioinformatics


Background: Microarray technologies have evolved rapidly, enabling biologists to quantify genome-wide levels of gene expression, alternative splicing, and sequence variations for a variety of species. Analyzing and displaying these data present a significant challenge. Pathway-based approaches for analyzing microarray data have proven useful for presenting data and for generating testable hypotheses.

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MAPPFinder: using Gene Ontology and GenMAPP to create a global gene-expression profile from microarray data

Genome Biology


MAPPFinder is a tool that creates a global gene-expression profile across all areas of biology by integrating the annotations of the Gene Ontology (GO) Project with the free software package GenMAPP. The results are displayed in a searchable browser, allowing the user to rapidly identify GO terms with over-represented numbers of gene-expression changes.

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GenMAPP, a new tool for viewing and analyzing microarray data on biological pathways

Nature Genetics


DNA microarrays are used to measure simultaneously the expression levels of thousands of genes. New tools are needed to relate the large amounts of microarray data generated to known models of cell biology and biochemistry. We have developed a free stand-alone computer program called GenMAPP (Gene Microarray Pathway Profiler), designed for viewing and analyzing gene expression data in the context of biological pathways.

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RNA sequence determinants for aminoglycoside binding to an A-site rRNA model oligonucleotide

Journal of Molecular Biology


The codon-anticodon interaction on the ribosome occurs in the A site of the 30 S subunit. Aminoglycoside antibiotics, which bind to ribosomal RNA in the A site, cause misreading of the genetic code and inhibit translocation. Biochemical studies and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy were used to characterize the interaction between the aminoglycoside antibiotic paromomycin and a small model oligonucle- otide that mimics the A site of Escherichia coli 16 S ribosomal RNA.

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