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Michael R Lentz

Associate Professor

Biology | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Research: Cell biology, molecular biology, yeast biology.

Teaching: Molecular & Cell Biology, Biology of Cancer, General Biology 1.


B.S. Muhlenberg College (1981)
Ph.D. Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (1986)
Post-Doc UAB (1986-1987)
Post-Doc Univ. of California at Berkeley (1987-1991)



My laboratory is investigating the physiology and biochemistry of Brettanomyces yeast isolates. We are collecting and characterizing yeast for a variety of physiological properties. Isolates are identified through RFLP mapping and DNA sequencing, and growth under variable conditions is investigated. We are also interested in characterizing yeast enzymes involved in the metabolism of hydroxycinammic acids, components of the plant cell wall on which the yeast reside. This project has both a basic and applied focus.


2001 - UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award


American Society for Microbiology

Publications & Presentations

Lentz M and Shideler T. 2016. Phosphorylation of BPV E1 by CK2 near the nuclear localization signal does not influence subcellular distribution of the protein in dividing cells. Arch. Virol. 161: 165-169.


Lentz M and Harris C. 2015. Analysis of growth inhibition and metabolism of hydroxycinnamic acids by brewing and spoilage strains of Brettanomyces yeast. Foods 4: 581-593. (Special issue; Fermented Foods and Probiotics)


Lentz M, Putzke T, Hessler R, Luman E. 2014. Genetic and Physiological Characterization of Yeast Isolated from Ripe Fruit and Analysis of Fermentation and Brewing Potential. J. Inst. Brewing 120: 559-564.


Luman E and Lentz M. 2011. The Accuracy of Pitching Yeast by Mass in a Small Microbrewery. Tech. Q. Master Brew. Assoc. Am. 48: 113-115.


Lentz MR, Stevens SM Jr, Raynes J, Elkhoury N. 2006. A phosphorylation map of the bovine papillomavirus E1 helicase. Virology Journal 3:13.


Lentz, M. R. 2002. A carboxyl-terminal serine of the bovine papillomavirus E1 protein is phosphorylated in vivo and in vitro. Virus Research 83: 213-219.


Lentz, M., Zanardi, T., Filzen, R., Carter, J., and Hella, M. 2002. Functional analysis of a carboxyl-terminal phosphorylation mutant of the BPV E1 protein. Journal of Molecular Biology 316: 597-607.

Contact Information

Building 59, Room 3306

(904) 620-1064