Mark Paetzel

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Areas of interest

Our lab uses molecular biology, protein chemistry, X-ray crystallography and other physical methods to investigate the structure and catalytic mechanism of enzymes. Currently we have many project related to viral protease self-processing, compartmentalized proteases, and eukaryotic membrane bound proteases.


  • A.A. (Theology), Golden Valley Lutheran College
  • B.Sc. (Biology), Syracuse University 
  • B.Sc. (Chemistry), University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. (Chemistry), Ohio State University 

Selected Publications

Important Notice

MSc Student – Structure and Function of Viral Proteases

The Paetzel lab currently has an opening for a MSc student. The thesis project will involve the structural and mechanistic analysis of viral proteases. Please visit the lab website (LINK: to learn more and e-mail Dr. Paetzel ( with transcripts and CV.


Future courses may be subject to change.