The Gelb group combines chemical and molecular and cellular biochemistry techniques to study enzymatic process of medical importance.
Michael H. Gelb studied chemistry and biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of California at Davis. His Ph.D. studies with Stephen G. Sligar at Yale University led to a better understanding of the catalytic mechanism of cytochrome P450. As an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of the late Robert H. Abeles at Brandeis University, Gelb studied a variety of mechanism-based inactivators of serine proteases and developed fluorinated ketones as tight-binding inhibitors of several classes of proteases. In 1985 Gelb became a faculty member in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Washington. Major breakthroughs in the group include the development of methods to properly analyze the action of enzymes on membrane surfaces, the discovery of protein prenylation (farnesylation and geranylgeranylation) in mammalian cells (together with John A. Glomset), the development of Isotope-Coded Affinity Tags (ICAT reagents) for proteomic applications (together with Ruedi Aebersold), and the development of worldwide newborn screening for lysosomal storage diseases.
His current research is in the following areas at the interface of chemistry and biology:
His newborn screening technology is being commercially developed by Perkin Elmer. An FDA-approved assay kit has been developed and went on the market in 2016.
More than 40 new patents in the past 5 years on newborn screening technology.
|2002-2006||NIH Physical Biochemistry Study Section Member|
|2001-2006||Editorial Advisory Board: Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|2000||Chair, American Chemical Society Div. of Biological Chemistry Nominating Committee|
|2000||NIH Bioorganic and Natural Products Study Section Member|
|1996-2000||NIH Biochemistry Study Section Member|
|1998||Editorial Board: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology|
|1997||Co-Chair, Gordon Research Conference, Co-Enzymes and Metabolic Pathways|
|1997||NIH Physical Biochemistry Study Section Member|
|1991-Present||Co-Organizer, Volcano Conference in Bioorganic Chemistry|
|1989||NIH Pharmacology Study Section Member|
Current Scientific Advisory Boards and Consultantships:
Biomarin, Ultrageneyx Corp, PerkinElmer Corp, PassageBio, Denali
Gelb’s pastimes include Surfing and playing classical guitar.
Dr. Gelb's Pastimes
Please feel free to contact Professor Gelb if you have any questions about the program or if you want to discuss research areas in more detail.