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About Kenneth Cornell

After earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Oregon Health Sciences University, and serving as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Immunology at the Portland (OR) VA Medical Center, Dr. Ken Cornell joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Boise State University in 2004. Dr. Cornell's research interests include antibiotic development targeting bacterial and parasite methionine salvage, farnesol metabolism in eukaryotic cells, and development of forensic reagents. One of the primary investigations in his lab is the identification of new targets for antimicrobial drug development.
Some of Dr. Cornell's current ongoing research support includes “A West Nile Virus Vaccine” Agency: DOD/CDMRP, Date: 09/09-08/10($940,000), “Global Consequences of Interruption of Microbial Autoinducer Signaling” Agency: NIH / Idaho INBRE, Date: 5/09-4/14 ($352,000), and “Acquisition of a Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometer” Agency: NSF MRI, Date: 08/09–07/12 ($597,877).


2004 - Present Associate Professor, Boise State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
January 2017 Visiting Professor, University of San Agustin


Research Interests


2023 - 2026 Acquisition of a Liquid Chromatography-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry System for Multidisciplinary Research and Training
National Science Foundation - 2320410
MRI: Track 1
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Xinzhu Pu (PI), Julia Oxford (Co-PI), Jennifer Forbey (Co-PI), and Owen McDougal (Co-PI)
2019 - 2022 Exploring the challenges and opportunities of plasma jet printing for NASA's emerging In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) program
NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Harish Subbaraman, David Estrada, Jim Browning, and Nirmala Kandadai
2020 - 2020 Continue work on engineered plasma arrays designed to remove biofilms from food processing surfaces
US Department of Agriculture
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Jim Browning
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Honors and Awards

  • 1994-1996 NIH Molecular Hematology Predoctoral Fellowship, Dept. of Hematology, Oregon Health Sciences University
  • 1992 & Cell Biology Fellowship, Oregon Health Sciences University

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