Office: ASI 223
Master of Science: U of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Arts: Occidental College
Mr. Birke graduated in 1988 from Occidental College in Los Angeles with an B.A. in Chemistry and a research emphasis in Biochemistry in which he determined the kinetic mechanism for human erythrocyte Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. Over the next two years Mr. Birke pursued a M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry under the direction of Bob McMahon, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The focus of his research was organic non-linear optic materials. From Wisconsin, Mr. Birke moved to the University of Missouri at Columbia from 1990 to 2000. There, under the direction of Dave Emerich, he studied the genetic regulation of the malate dehydrogenase gene from Bradyrhizobium japonicum and its supporting role in nitrogen fixation. He is currently A.B.D.
Mr. Birke was recently nominated to Who`s Who in American higher education. Some of his hobbies and other interests include: hiking, canoeing, reading and cooking.