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Professor Kurt Krause

Professor Kurt Krause is a Professor in the Biochemistry at the University of Otago in Dunedin. He was the founding Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Otago, until stepping down in 2016.He is a clinical specialist in infectious diseases and a structural biologist.

He graduated summa cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas majoring in chemistry.  In Houston, he completed an M.D. cum laude from Baylor College of Medicine. He next joined the laboratory of Professor William N. Lipscomb, Jr. at Harvard University and in 1983 and 1986 respectively he received an M.A. and a Ph. D. in Chemistry. Following a short period of postdoctoral work, also at Harvard, he completed a Fellowship in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Baylor in Houston. He served on the faculty of the University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine and on the medical attending staff of Ben Taub General Hospital, The Methodist Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital before moving to New Zealand in 2006.

He has a longstanding interest in the structure and function of enzymes and proteins important in infectious diseases, such as bacterial pathogenesis factors, antibiotic targets, viral immunomodulatory proteins, and bioluminescence related proteins.


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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3525-1112