Professor of Biology, Director of Catalyst Curriculum
Office: Farr 206
- Basic Information
- Awards & Honors
- Areas of Interest
- 1978 B.S., University of Portland, Portland, Oregon (biology)
- 1980 M.S., Washington State University, Pullman, Washington (plant pathology)
- 1994 Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (biochemistry, molecular and cell biology
- 1994-1997, postdoctoral fellow (bacteriology), University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 1997-1999, postdoctoral scientist (plant virology), University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Catalyst 220 Bring Out Your Dead: Infectious Disease in World History (team taught with Prof Rebecca Matzke)
- Biology 121 Introductory Biology
- Biology 200 Scientific Writing and Communication
- Biology 219 Genetics
- Biology 300 Departmental Studies: Virology
- Biology 314 Microbiology
- Biology 328 Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
- Biology 501, 502 Senior Studies
Awards & Honors
- May Bumby Severy, Class of 1908, Award (2015)
- Kainz, M., Hilson, P., L. Sweeney*, E, DeRose* and T. German (2004) Interaction between Tomato spotted wilt virus N protein monomers involves non-electrostatic forces governed by multiple distinct regions in the primary structure. “Phytopathology” 94:759-765.
* undergraduate students
- Kainz, M. and R. Gourse (1998) The C-terminal domain of the alpha subunit ofEscherichia coli is required for efficient rho-dependent transcription termination. “Journal of Molecular Biology” 284:1379-1390.
- Savery, N., G. Lloyd, M. Kainz, T. Gaal, W. Ross, R. Ebright, R. Gourse and S. Busby (1998) Transcription activation at class II CRP-dependent promoters: identification of determinants in the c-terminal domain of the RNA polymerasea subunit. “EMBO Journal” 17:3439-3447.
- van Uhlsen, P., M. Hillebrand, M. Kainz, R. Collard, L. Zulianello, P. van de Putte, R. Gourse and N. Goosen (1997) Function of the C-terminal domain of the alpha subunit of Escherichia coli RNA polymerase in basal expression and integration host factor-mediated activation of the early promoter of bacteriophage Mu. “Journal of Bacteriology” 179:530-537.
- Kainz, M. and J.W.Roberts (1995) Kinetics of RNA polymerase initiation and pausing at the lambda late gene promoter. “Journal of Molecular Biology”254:808-814.
- Kainz, M. and J.W.Roberts (1992) Structure of transcription elongation complexes in vivo. “Science” 255:838-841.
- Guo, H.C., M. Kainz, and J.W. Roberts (1991) Characterization of the late-gene regulatory region of phage 21. “Journal of Bacteriology” 173:1554-1560.
- Gross, M.K., M. Kainz, and G.F. Merrill (1987) The chicken thymidine kinase gene is transcriptionally repressed during terminal differentiation; the associated decline in tk mRNA cannot fully account for the disappearance of tk enzyme activity. “Developmental Biology” 122:439-451.
- Gross, M.K., M. Kainz, and G.F. Merrill (1987) Introns are inconsequential to efficient formation of cellular thymidine kinase mRNA in mouse L cells. “Molecular & Cellular Biology” 7:4576-4581.
Areas of Interest
- Replication strategies of plant-infecting viruses
- Host-pathogen interactions
- Regulation and mechanisms of transcription in prokaryotes
- Kainz, M. (2018) Influenza: a local and global health concern, now and in the future. Communicable Disease Division of the Winnebago County Health Department
- Kainz, M. and Amsden B. (2017) Catalyst Core Curriculum and its Development Process. Cornell College
- Kainz, M. (2014) Tomato spotted wilt virus nucleocapsid protein has distinct regions involved in ribonucleoprotein assembly and in virus specific cell-to-cell movement. North Central Branch American Society for Microbiology Meeting, Superior, WI
- Kainz, M. (2010) Tomato spotted wilt virus N protein binds sequences from the 5’ terminus of viral genomic RNA with high affinity. American Society for Microbiology North Central Branch Meeting, Mankato, Minnesota
- Kainz, M. (2010) Driving nails with a wrench, how viruses hijack host cell proteins to replicate. Wisconsin Science Consortium Annual Meeting, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
- Martinez, E.* and M. Kainz (2009) Role of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus NSs gene in Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus virulence. American Society for Microbiology North Central Branch Meeting, La Crosse, Wisconsin
- Rico, A.* and M. Kainz (2009) Identification of amino acid residues involved in Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus N protein interactions. American Society for Microbiology North Central Branch Meeting, La Crosse, Wisconsin
- Kainz, M. and B. Hoopes (2009) Identification of candidate Arabidopsis thaliana proteins involved in the replication cycle of Tomato spotted wilt virus.American Society for Microbiology meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Kainz, M. and K. Dolan* (2007) Sequences in the Tomato spotted wilt virusgenomic RNA that interact with viral N protein with high specificity reside in the 5’ terminal 250 nucleotides. American Society for Virology Meeting, Corvallis, Oregon
* undergraduate students
- Thompson, A, M. Kainz, and T. German (2005) Expression of tomato spotted wilt virus RNA and nucleocapsid proteins in yeast from cDNA clones. VIII International Symposium on Thysanoptera and Tospoviruses. Asilomar, California
- Kainz, M, A. Thompson, , and T. German (2004) Virus-specific gene silencing occurs in both plants and insects infected with tomato spotted wilt virus. American Society for Virology Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
- Kainz, M., Hilson, P., L. Sweeney*, E, DeRose*, and T. German (2003) Dimerization and multimerization of tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) N protein involves multiple distinct regions in the primary structure. American Society for Virology Meeting, Davis, California
- Kainz, M and R. Gourse (1999) The C-terminal domain of the alpha subunit ofEscherichia coli is required for efficient rho-dependent transcription termination. Biological Sciences Symposium, SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, New York
- Kainz, M and R. Gourse (1996) The c-terminal domain of the alpha subunit ofEscherichia coli RNA polymerase is required for efficient rho-dependent transcription termination. American Society for Microbiology Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Kainz, M and J. Roberts (1994) Transcription complexes modified by the phage lambda Q protein occlude the phage late promoter. Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phage Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin
- Kainz, M and J. Roberts (1992) Long-range effects of Q-dependent transcription on DNA structure. Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phage Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
- Kainz, M and J. Roberts (1990) Nontranscribed regions determine the specificity of Q protein-qut site interactions in vivo. Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phage Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
- Kainz, M and J. Roberts (1989) Analysis of transcriptional pausing in vivo in the phage lambda qut site. Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phage Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York
- Kainz, M and J. Hendrix (1981) Response of cereal roots to barley yellow dwarf virus infection in a mist culture system. American Phytopathological Society Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota