Research in the Nikolau Lab focuses on deciphering new knowledge concerning the structure and regulation of metabolic processes providing core capabilities in interdisciplinary initiatives on the Iowa State University campus.
As Director of the Center for Metabolic Biology, Nikolau leads a group of faculty from four departments (Agronomy; Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology; Genetics, Development and Cell Biology; and Chemical and Biological Engineering) spanning three colleges (Liberal Arts and Sciences; Agriculture and Life Sciences; Engineering) that forge links between the Plant Sciences Institute and the Bioeconomy Institute. An exclusive component of the Center is the W.M. Keck Metabolomic Research Laboratory, which was established in 2002 by a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation; the laboratory provides ISU researchers with unique capabilities for analyzing metabolism.
Forging these collaborations has led to the establishment of the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) and the NIH-funded Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements.