About Michael Menze

Understanding the principles that govern life under extreme conditions will greatly enhance our ability to preserve clinical important cellular materials and help us to better understand and treat diseases that involve mitochondrial dysfunctions. Student training forms the core of my research program. Undergraduate and graduate student who would like to work in my laboratory should share my fascination with 'life at the limits' and 'lessons from nature' and are welcome to contact me about current research opportunities. For a more detailed description of current research projects please visit my laboratory homepage.


Present Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Molecular Physiology, Mitochondrial Bioenergetics, Anhydrobiosis, Animal Extremophiles, and Cell Stabilization

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Student Government Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 2014 Provost's Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
  • 2013 Achievement and Contribution Award
  • 2013 College of Sciences Lida G. Wall Faculty Research Mentor and Teacher Award
  • 2012 College of Sciences Student Advisory Board Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2011 Achievement and Contribution Award
  • 2011 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity
  • 2010 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity


  • BIO 3120 - Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • BIO 3520 - Animal Physiology
  • BIO 4751 - Advanced Molecular Cell Biology
  • BIO 3451 - Undergraduate Research
  • BIO 4555 - Honors Research
  • BIO 4666 - Honors Seminar

Contact Information

Michael A Menze, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave
2070 Life Sciences Building
Charleston, IL, 61920-3099
Phone: 217-581-6386


Anhydrobiosis (Life without Water) (9)

Apoptosis (Programmed Cell Death) (6)

Allosteric Regulation (Respiratory Pigments) (4)

Cell Stabilization (Preconditioning) (7)