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Daniel Kaluka

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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  • PhD, Biophysical Chemistry, Marquette University
  • MS, Biophysical Chemistry, Marquette University
  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Zimbabwe

Career Highlights

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department since 2022.
  • Launched the UC Davis Design to Data ( CURE program at Taylor University (2022)
  • Launched an undergraduate research project on functional characterization of malarial proteins (2019)
  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Nyack College, NY (2013-2019)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY (2012-2013)
  • Published 8 peer-reviewed articles

Featured Scholarship

Solution phase refinement of active site structure using 2D NMR and judiciously 13C-labeled Cytochrome P450. J. Inorg. Biochem. 241, 112126.

Resonance Raman spectroscopic studies of peroxo and hydroperoxo intermediates in lauric acid (LA)-bound cytochrome P450 119. J. Inorg. Biochem. 208,111084.

The two transmembrane helices of CcoP are sufficient for assembly of the cbb 3-type heme-copper oxygen reductase from Vibrio cholerae. Biochim. et Biophys. Acta 1847, 1231–1239.

Spectroscopic and Mutagenesis Studies of Human PGRMC1. Biochemistry 54, 1638–1647.

Conformational coupling between the active site and residues within the KC-channel of the Vibrio cholerae cbb3-type (C-family) oxygen reductase. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 111, E4419–E4428.


Taylor holds the same values that I do: That students are not merely enrollment numbers, but God's gifts to the world. Humans that are loved dearly by God. That learning goes beyond the classroom. That it involves the whole person, and the goal is to become God's agents for His Kingdom in whatever field He puts us.

I enjoy spending quality time with my family: my wife, Priscah, my daughter, Rufaro, and my sons, Immanuel, Tinotenda, and Luke. Preparing and grilling steaks is an activity I find particularly pleasurable and fulfilling. I teach myself to play the piano (I am not good at it yet); it has proven to be a rewarding personal journey. Moreover, I am an avid soccer and football fan, both as a spectator (more so) and a participant. Additionally, I am interested in farming and am currently learning how to care for chickens.