Ryan Mehl

Dr. Mehl obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cornell University and postdoctoral position with Professor Schultz at Scripps Research Institute. He earned tenure and Associate Professor while developing a biochemistry program at Franklin & Marshall College from 2002-2011. In 2011 Dr. Mehl became Associate Professor at Oregon State University and Director of the worlds first Unnatural Protein Facility.  He has obtained seven NSF, NIH and private grants to fund his research and published over 40 peer reviewed publications from his research lab on genetic code expansion

The Mehl Lab uses genetic code expansion to site-specifically incorporate non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs) into proteins to advance the capabilities of biochemical studies and technological development with bio-molecules. The incorporation of ncAAs into proteins is a cornerstone of chemical biology and will likely be the next major building block for advancing both biotechnology and nanotechnology. The key advantage to genetic code expansion is that it allows for molecular control over protein engineered in living cells and in the fabrication of biomaterials.

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Genetic incorporation of tetrazine amino acids and use in bioorthogonal ligations
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