Mirror-Image Biology and Total Protein Synthesis

We focus on mirror-image peptides and proteins, which have great therapeutic potential because of their resistance to proteolysis. Our primary biological interest is developing D-peptide inhibitors against infectious diseases, particularly for the prevention and treatment of HIV and antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, though we are now expanding into diverse therapeutic areas including cancer. To aid in the discovery process, we develop tools to enable the total chemical synthesis of large proteins.

Postdoctoral Candidates

For candidates interested in postoctoral training, please email Michael Kay your CV and the contact information for three references. 


Prospective Students

Prospective students, please apply to the Bioscience Ph.D. Programs at the University of Utah. We welcome students in the Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry programs to inquire about potential rotations in the lab.


Contact Us

Michael S. Kay Lab
University of Utah
Department of Biochemistry
15 N Medical Drive East RM 3280
Salt Lake City UT 84112-5650 USA


Lab: (801) 585-9512 

Office: (801) 585-5021