Katie Overmyer

Associate Director, Lab for Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry

hailing from

Morganton, NC

Undergraduate and graduate

Received B.S. from University of North Carolina and PhD from the Molecular and Integrative Physiology Department at the University of Michigan.

Research Experience

My PhD research focused on metabolomics and exercise physiology, and specifically on the use of isotopic tracers to study how fuel is metabolised during exercise.

“The big advantage of the Coon lab for me is that it does both metabolomics and proteomics…”

Why University of Wisconsin and the Coon lab?

The big advantage of the Coon lab for me is that it does both metabolomics and proteomics—it’s extremely rare for one lab to have both. My work tries to integrate these ‘omic technologies to better understand the interplay between metabolites and proteins. I’m interested in how proteins affect metabolites by driving different metabolic pathways, for example, and how metabolites affect post-translational modifications of proteins.

Currently Working On

Right now I’m analyzing metabolites in dental plaque to try to determine biomarkers for disease, doing some work in labeling techniques, and will soon be working on a larger scale integrative project combining metabolomics and proteomics of various mammalian tissues.

Earn your Ph.D. with us

The Coon Group is always on the lookout for new members.  Professor Coon accepts students from several UW-Madison doctoral programs including Chemistry, the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB), and Cellular & Molecular Pathology.