Ivan Rivera Torres

Assistant Teaching Professor

 

Office: Science Building B-5A

Phone: 856.225.5849

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The link between chemistry and biology could help provide insight into fundamental and biomedical problems.  Dr. Rivera-Torres is interested in membrane protein structure-function correlations.  His doctoral thesis focused on structural studies of an alkaliphilic F1F0 ATP synthase, a membrane protein involved in bioenergetics of an extremophilic bacteria, using multidimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.  He has also collaborated in structural studies of multidrug transporters and toxins.

Dr. Rivera-Torres leads the General, Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry course and laboratories at Rutgers University in Camden.  He is particularly committed to student success.  His current academic interest focuses on the connection between novel pedagogies and Developmental Psychology, and in curriculum development that is engaging, transformative and meaningful to students. 

Ivan’s professional experience includes the pharmaceutical industry through work for a leading biotechnology company.  Ivan also enjoys literature, poetry, classical music, comparative religion, traveling and fly-fishing.

 

Degrees

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York (2004)

M.S. in Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York (2000)

B.S. in Biology, University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras (1996)

 

Publications

Rivera-Torres IO, Cadene M, Chait B, Poget S, Discovery and characterization of a novel toxin with an activating effect on the potassium channel KcsA, Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 23904 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep23904).

Rivera-Torres IO, Krueger-Koplin R, Hicks DB, Cahill SM, Krulwich TA and Girvin ME, pKa of the essential Glu54 and backbone conformation for subunit c from the H+ – coupled F1Fo ATP synthase from an alkaliphilic Bacillus, FEBS Letters 575, 131-135 (2004).

Krueger-Koplin RD, Sorgen PL, Krueger-Koplin ST, Rivera-Torres IO, Cahill SM, Hicks DB, Grinius L, Krulwich TA and Girvin ME, An evaluation of detergents for NMR structural studies of membrane proteins, J. Biomol. NMR 17, 43-57 (2004)