Erik Lehmkuhl, BS, Biomedical Science, Northern Arizona University, 2016


MCB Program Start:



Northern Arizona University, BS Biomedical Science, 2016

Research Advisor and Department:                                     

Dr. Daniela Zarnescu

Research Topic:                                                                            

ALS is a genetically heterogenous neurodegenerative disease resulting in the progressive death of motor neurons. A unifying pathological feature, regardless of genetic background, is the formation of cytoplasmic inclusions containing the RNA binding protein TDP-43 and mRNA. My research focuses on the translational alterations, both compensatory and neurotoxic, that result from TDP-43 complex formation.

Lab Rotations:

Dr. Keith Maggert, Dr. Michael Hammer, Dr. Daniela Zarnescu

What outreach or service activities are you involved in?                            

2013 Science Demonstrations. Elementary Afterschool Program. Flagstaff, AZ 2014 Telescope Operator/Science Advocate. Festival of Science Star Party. Flagstaff, AZ. 2014 Booth Operator. Science Demonstrations. KJZZ Travel Convention. Phoenix, AZ 2014 Guest Speaker. 4H Youth Development. Flagstaff, AZ 2014 Science Demonstrations. Through “Kids Squared” Program. Flagstaff, AZ 2014-2015 Science Demonstrations. First Friday Community Outreach. Done 5 times. Flagstaff, AZ. 2014-2015 Science Demonstrations. Second Friday Science Night. Done 4 times. Flagstaff, AZ. 2015 Clear weeds and yard debris. Second Chance Center for Animals. Done twice. Flagstaff, AZ 2015 Booth Operator. Science Demonstrations. Buckeye Airshow. Buckeye, AZ 2015 Science Advocate for Tgen. Science in the Park. Flagstaff, AZ. 2016 Guest Speaker. Liberty High School Biotech Class. Peoria, AZ. 2017 Guest Speaker. Liberty High School Biotech Class. Peoria, AZ. 2017 Judge. Biological, Engineering, and Chemical Undergraduate Research (BECUR) Conference. Tucson, AZ. 2017 Volunteer. Meet MCB. University of Arizona Molecular and Cellular Biology Department. Tucson, AZ. 2018 Booth volunteer. Tucson Festival of Books. University of Arizona Molecular and Cellular Biology Department. Tucson, AZ. 2019 Guest Speaker, Peoria School District MET Professional Academy. Peoria, AZ                                            

Honors and Awards:

2017 Center for Insect Science Travel Award 2018 ARCS Foundation Scholar 2019 NIH T32 Training Grant Recipient


1. Colman RE, Anderson J, Lemmer D, Lehmkuhl E, Georghiou SB, Heaton H, Wiggins K, Gillece JD, Schupp JM, Catanzaro DG, Crudu V, Cohen T, Rodwell TC, Engelthaler DM. Rapid Drug Susceptibility Testing of Drug-Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis Isolates Directly from Clinical Samples by Use of Amplicon Sequencing: a Proof-of-Concept Study. J Clin Microbiology. 2016;54(8):2058-67.

2. Lehmkuhl, E., & Zarnescu, D. (2018). Lost in translation: Evidence for protein synthesis deficits in ALS/FTD and related neurodegenerative diseases. In Advances in Neurobiology (pp. 283-301). (Advances in Neurobiology; Vol. 20). Springer New York LLC. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-89689-2_11

Hobbies and Interests:

Science Education, Cooking, Dungeons and Dragons,