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Wade Grabow

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Email: grabow@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2016
Office: Eaton 310


Education: BS, United States Air Force Academy, 2001; MS, University of Central Florida, 2004; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2008; PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2012. At SPU since 2012.

Dr. Grabow’s primary research interests involve ribonucleic acid (RNA) to include the relationship between RNA structure and function, the rational design of RNA nanoparticles, and RNA’s perceived role in the origin of life.  His broader interests include points of intersection between scientific concepts and matters of the Christian faith. Dr. Grabow teaches a variety of introductory and advanced classes for both science majors and non-majors.


Selected Publications

  • Rogers, Tucker A.; Andrews, Grant E.; Jaeger, Luc; Grabow, Wade W.; “Fluorescent Monitoring of RNA Assembly and Processing Using the Split-Spinach Aptamer.” ACS Synthetic Biology (2014).
  • Grabow, Wade W.; Jaeger, Luc, “RNA Self-Assembly and RNA Nanotechnology.” Accounts of Chemical Research (2014), 47, 1871-1880.
  • Grabow, Wade W.; Jaeger, Luc, “RNA modularity for synthetic biology.” F1000Prime Reports (2013), 5:46.
  • Grabow, Wade W.; Zhuang. Zhuoyun; Shea, Joan-Emma; Jaeger, Luc. “The GA minor submotif as a case study of RNA modularity, prediction, and design.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: RNA (2013), 4:2, 181-203.

Please view Dr. Grabow’s CV (PDF) for more information.

Why I Teach at SPU

Wade Grabow, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

“I value SPU because I am able to work closely with students in both the classroom setting as well as in the research laboratory. At the same time I am also grateful how SPU provides a rich environment to live into my vocation that transcends working as a scientist.”

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