Nitzan Shabek

Nitzan Shabek

Position Title
Assistant Professor

  • Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences
1224 Green Hall

Research Interests

Our lab integrates cutting edge approaches from the fields of structural biology, biochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology to decode sensing machineries and signaling pathways in plants, fungi, and humans.  Our ultimate goal is to decipher fundamental biological pathways from the atomic to organismal level, and develop innovative strategies for the benefit of agriculture, environment, and human health.  We are particularly interested in dissecting signaling pathways that are triggered by extracellular stimuli (such as light, gravity, small-molecules, hormones, and pathogens), and revealing their regulation by the ubiquitin proteasome system. Please visit our website for more information. 

Graduate Group Affiliations

Education and Degree(s)
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Technion Israel-Institute of Technology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle - Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Honors and Awards
  • UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creativity
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Arthur C. Neish Award
  • 2021-22 Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research
  • BIS 102 Structure and Function of Biomolecules
  • MCB 120L Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Laboratory
  • BCB 215 BMCDB graduate group - advances in protein regulations
  • GDB 189 Global Disease Biology Senior Research
  • BIT 192 Internship in Biotechnology
  • PBI 290 PBGG graduate group discussion
  • PLB 198 Directed Group Study
  • MCB197T Tutoring in MCB
  • MCB 390 Methods Of Teaching
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Biochemistry
  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Signal Transduction
  • Ubiquitin Proteasome System
  • Plant Hormones Signaling
  • Plant Sensing Mechanisms
  • Cancer Biology
  • Protein Chemistry
  • Cell Biology