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Department of Molecular Biology|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Molecular Biology
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071


Phone: (307) 766-4282

Don Jarvis: Biography

Born in a log cabin and raised by wolves, Don subsequently earned his B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1980) degrees in Microbiology at Idaho State University and a Ph.D. (1986) in Virology at Baylor College of Medicine. After his initial postdoctoral training in the Donehower/Butel scientific boot camp at Baylor, Don moved to Texas A&M University in 1987 to begin studying glycoprotein biosynthesis and processing in the baculovirus system as a postdoctoral scientist in Max Summers’ group. In 1989, Don took an independent position at Texas A&M and continued to work in the baculovirus system until the end of 1997, when he moved to the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming. Don’s research continues to focus on glycoprotein biosynthesis in the baculovirus-insect cell system. His group’s academic efforts to glycoengineer this system spawned a new biotechnology company, GlycoBac, LLC, which is designed to commercialize this technology.


B.S., 1978 Microbiology
Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry
M.S., 1980 Microbiology (Major Professor:  John DeSena; poliovirus uncoating)
Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry
PH.D., 1986 Ph.D. Virology (Major Professor:  Janet Butel; SV40 large tumor antigen)
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Virology and Epidemiology

Positions Held

8-78 to 5-80:

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Idaho State University; Microbiology & Biochemistry

7-80 to 3-86: Graduate Research Assistant, Baylor College of Medicine; Virology & Epidemiology
3-86 to 7-87:

Postdoctoral Research Associate (SV40, mouse mammary tumor virus)
Baylor College of Medicine; Dept. of Virology and Epidemiology
P.I.s:  Dr. Janet Butel and Dr. Larry Donehower

7-87 to 3-90:

Assistant Research Scientist (Baculovirus; protein processing)
Texas A&M University; Entomology

4-90 to 8-95: Assistant Professor (Baculovirus; protein processing)
Texas A&M University; Entomology
9-95 to 12-97: Associate Professor with tenure (Baculovirus; protein processing)
Texas A&M University; Entomology
1-98 to 6-00: Associate Professor with tenure (Baculovirus; protein processing)
University of Wyoming; Dept. of Molecular Biology
7-00 to present: Professor (Baculovirus; protein processing)
University of Wyoming; Dept. of Molecular Biology
7-04 to 8-04: Interim Department Chair
University of Wyoming; Dept. of Molecular Biology
6-11 to present: President
GlycoBac, LLC, Laramie, WY

Adjunct Appointments

Affiliate Faculty, Dept. Microbiol, Immunol, & Pathol, Colorado State University, 2003-present.
Affiliate Faculty, Dept. Microbiology, University of Washington, 1998 to 2010.
Adjunct Faculty, Dept. Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M, 1993 to 1997.
Adjunct Faculty, Dept. Biology, Texas A&M University, 1992-1997.
Faculty, Genetics Program, Texas A&M University, 1991-1997

Editorial Boards and Scientific Advisory Panels

Executive Editor:  Protein Expression and Purification, 2000-present.
Editor:  Journal of Insect Science, 2011-2012.
Editorial Review Board:  Glycobiology, 2006-2011; 2011-2015.
Editorial Review Board:  Virology Journal (BioMed Central), 2004-present.
Editorial Review Board:  BioProcessing Journal, 2002-present.
Editorial Review Board:  Protein Expression and Purification, 1992-2000.
Scientific Advisory Board:  Expression Systems, LLC, Woodland, CA, 2005-present.
Scientific Advisory Board:  Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc., 2008-present.
Scientific Advisory Board:  IBC Int’l Conferences on Recombinant Antibodies, 2004-2006.
Board of Directors:  Glycobiology Society, 2009-2012 (elected).
American Society for Virology Program Planning Committee, 2011-2013.
FASEB Publications and Communications Committee, 2013-2016.
Society for Glycobiology Publications Committee, 2015-2018 (elected).

Grant Review Panels

Ad Hoc member NIH Experimental Virology Study Section, 02/02; 06/02.
Ad Hoc member NSF Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnol Large Request Review Panel, 05/03.
Ad Hoc member NIH Biochemical/Biophysical Sciences Fellowship Study Section, 03/05.
Ad Hoc chair/member NIH NHLBI-SBIR Study Section, 04/05.
Ad Hoc member NIH Vector Biology Study Section, 07/05, 03/06, 07/06, 11/06, 06/07, 10/07.
Member NIH NCRR Reverse Site Visit Team, 04/06.
Ad Hoc member NIH/NCI-SBIR Review Panel, 01/09, 05/11.
Mail reviewer Challenge Grants Panel 4, 06/09.
Member NIH NHLBI RFA "Programs of Excellence in Glycosciences" Review Panel, 10/10.
Chair/member NCI Special Emphasis Panel, SBIR Phase II, 05/11.
Mail reviewer NIH Cell, Molecular, and Computational Biology IRG, 06/11.
Mail reviewer NIH Small Business: Biol Chem, Biophys, Drug Discovery IRG, 02/12.
Mail reviewer NIH Small Business: Biol Chem, Biophys, Drug Discovery IRG, 09/12.
Ad Hoc member NIH Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biophysics Fellowship Study Section, 07/13.
Mail reviewer NIH Special Emphasis Panel, LRP, 04/15.
European Research Council Advanced Grant Panel LS9 member Step 1 09/15.
European Research Council Advanced Grant Panel LS9 member Step 2 01/16.

Consulting Appointments

Novagen Corporation, Madison, WI 1996.
DuPont Agricultural Products, Wilmington, DE 1996-1997.
Invitrogen Corporation, Carlsbad, CA 1999-2002.
GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Belgium, 2005.
Ligocyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2009-present.
GlycoBac, LLC, 2012-present.

Professional Societies

Sigma Xi, 1978-1982
Phi Kappa Phi, 1978-1980.
American Society for Microbiology, 1978-present.
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1981-present.
American Society for Virology, 1988-present (lifetime member).
Glycobiology Society, 1995-present
Society for Invertebrate Pathology, 2005-present
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2012-present.


2014 University of Wyoming Andrew Vanvig Lifetime Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award.
2013 University of Wyoming George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award.
2012 University of Wyoming Presidential Lecturer Award.
2012 University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Outstanding Researcher Award.
2004 University of Wyoming Cap & Gown Chapter Mortarboard “Top Prof” Award.
2000 University of Wyoming/PacifiCorp Faculty Service Award in Economic Development.
1996 Texas A&M Univ Faculty of Genetics Outstanding Teaching Award.
1994 Texas A&M Univ Undergraduate Biochemistry Society Outstanding Faculty Member Award.
1984 National Student Research Forum Award in Oncological Research.
1984 National Student Research Forum Overall Excellence in Research Award (2nd Place).
1980 Intermountain Branch American Society for Microbiology Best Student Paper Award.
1973 Idaho State University Club Scholarship.

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