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Anne Kruchten - Associate Professor, Chair

Graf 204A

Education: B.A. Biology, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY PhD Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Academic Interests:
My research lab studies the role of protein phosphorylation and other modifications in promoting cancer cell migration. Specifically, we are performing proteomic analyses of the pediatric bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma to determine the protein modifications involved in initiating and sustaining the metastatic phenotype. Coupled with this proteomic work, we also use live-time fluorescence microscopy to analyze the location of protein modifications during migration.

In addition to my laboratory research, I am interested in developing methods for improving biology and biochemistry education at the undergraduate level. Funded by an NSF-RCN award, I work with a multi-institutional group to improve introductory biology education. With national collaborators, I develop and implement POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) techniques in both biology and biochemistry. Finally, as a member of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Linfield program, I work to increase our students’ interdisciplinary skills.


Education: B.A. Biology, Transylvania University; PhD Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, University of Minnesota; Post Doctoral research, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine


student collaborators are noted with an *

Kruchten, A.E., Hastings, B.*, Wilder, J.*, Frank, J.*  ZM47439 inhibits Aurora Kinase phosphorylation of cortactin.  Manuscript in preparation.

Kruchten, A.E., Foster, J.*, Jenness, C.*, Petrovich, J.*  Arns, K.*, Click, S.*  Structural isoforms of cortactin separated by ion exchange sediment actin and nucleate actin differently. Manuscript in preparation.

Kruchten, A. E. and McCulley, C.  Combining information literacy and science literacy to teach scientific writing skills in microbiology. Manuscript in preparation.

Roberts, M., and Kruchten, A.E.  The Physiology and Evolution of Receptors.  Contracted for September 2014 publication, Wiley Publishing. 

Murray, J., Atkinson, L, Gilbert, B, Kruchten, A.E. A Novel Approach to Interdisciplinary Science Experience for Undergraduates Across Introductory Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Courses.  Accepted for Publication 2013, Journal of College Science Teaching

Kruchten, A.E., Krueger, E. W., Wang, Y., McNiven, M.A. Distinct phospho-forms of cortactin differentially regulate actin polymerization and focal adhesions. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2008 Nov;295(5):C1113-22.

Kruchten, A.E. and McNiven, M.A.  Dynamin as a mover and pincher during cell migration and invasion. J Cell Sci. 2006 May 1;119(Pt 9):1683-90.

Gray, N., Kruchten, A.E., Chen. J., McNiven M.A. A dynamin-3 spliced variant modulates the actin/cortactin-dependent morphogenesis of dendritic spines.  J Cell Sci. 2005 Mar 15;118(Pt 6):1279-90.

Jenkins-Kruchten, A.E., Bennaars-Eiden, A., Ross, J.R. *, Shen, W.J., Kraemer, F.B., Bernlohr, D.A.  Fatty acid binding protein- hormone sensitive lipase interaction; fatty acid dependence on binding.  J Biol Chem.  2003 Nov 28;278(48):47636-43.

Jenkins, A.E., Hockenberry, J.M*., Nguyen, T*., and Bernlohr, D.A.  Testing of the Portal Hypothesis: Analysis of a V32G, F57G, K58G Mutant of the Fatty Acid Binding Protein of the Murine Adipocyte. Biochemistry 2002 Feb12;41(6):2022-7

Bernlohr, D.A., Jenkins, A.E., and Bennaars, A. A., Adipose Tissue and Lipid Metabolism,  Chapter 10 of Biochemistry of Lipids, Lipoproteins, and Membranes Vance, D.E. and Vance, J., Editors.  Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, New York.  2002, 263-289.

Shen, W.J., Liang, Y., Hong, R., Patel, S., Natu, V., Sridhar, K., Jenkins, A., Bernlohr, D.A., Kraemer, F.B.  Characterization of the functional interaction of adipocyte lipid-binding protein with hormone sensitive lipase.  J Biol Chem 2001 Dec 28;276(52):49443-8.

Bernlohr, D.A., Jenkins, A.E., Hertzel, A.V., Frohnert, B.I., Coe, N.R., Witthuhn, B.A., Smith, A.J., Johnson, J.D., Matarese, V.A.  (2000)  Lipid Second Messengers and the Role of Intracellular Lipid Binding Proteins in Adipocyte Biology and Hormone Signaling (J.M. Ntambi, Ed.) ISO Press, Amsterdam.

Suryawan, A., Hawes, J.W., Harris, R.A., Shimomura, Y., Jenkins, A.E.*, Hutson, S.M..  A Molecular Model of Human Branched-chain Amino Acid Metabolism.  1998 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 68(1):72-81

Hawes, J.W., Schnepf, R.J*., Jenkins, A.E*., Shimomura, Y., Popov, K.M., and Harris, R.A.. Roles of Amino Acid Residues Surrounding Phosphorylation Site 1 of Branched-chain alpha-Ketoacid Dehydrogenase (BCKDH) in Catalysis and Phosphorylation Site Recognition by BCKDH Kinase.  J Biol Chem 1995  270(52):  31071-31076.



2103; NSF RCN Program Award – Senior Personnel – “RCN-UBE: Northwest Biosciences Consortium (NWBC): Implementation of Vision and Change in the Introductory Biology Curriculum” $499,025

2012; Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Award – principal investigator, National Science Foundation (2012-2015) $223,182 to purchase a Zeiss AxioObserver Z1 inverted microscope system

2013; Linfield College Student Faculty Collaborative Research Grant; $14,853;  Understanding the role of cortactin phosphorylation in the spread of the metastatic pediatric bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma

2012; Linfield College Student Faculty Collaborative Research Grant; $9,838.3

2010; Medical Research Foundation Grant, OHSU Foundation (2010-2011) $28,791

2010; Linfield College Student Faculty Collaborative Research Grant; $8,291.20

2009; Linfield College Student Faculty Collaborative Research Grant; $4,645.40

2008; Linfield College Student Faculty Collaborative Research Grant; $7,900.60

2007; Linfield College Student Faculty Collaborative Research Grant; $8,251.50


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