Katheryn Meek is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Her research focuses on the role of DNA dependent protein kinase in DNA repair.
Dr. Meek received her D.V.M from Texas A&M University and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
The Meek Lab studies a large serine/threonine-protein kinase: the DNA dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK). Emerging data implicate DNA-PK as a central regulator of DNA end access, and it is also becoming apparent that DNA-PK may affect other repair pathways, potentially by limiting access of DNA ends to other repair factors. Dr. Meek and her group aim to understand why some species express very high levels of DNA-PK and why this kinase may play varying roles in different species.