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Contact Info
Office: 1301 ESJ
Phone: 301-405-8966
Christopher Capp
Senior Lecturer


  • 2011 Ph.D. (Biochemistry); Department of Biochemistry, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 2003 B.S.Chem. (Chemistry); Department of Chemistry, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Professional Appointments

  • 2021 Partner Faculty Fellow, in University Honors
  • 2014–present Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • 2011–2013 Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Awards and Fellowship

  • 2016 Faculty Mentor to Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar:  Boyan Xia
  • 2011–2013 National Research Service Award, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Postdoctoral Training Program, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2003 Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • 1999–2003 Everett J. and Eileen C. Connelly Scholarship, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Courses Taught

  • Biochemistry Laboratory (BCHM 464)
    • A one-semester, 3-credit introduction to biochemistry laboratory techniques. The course takes the form of a semester-long guided-independent investigation of E. coli alkaline phosphatase, with the objective of providing hands-on experience of biochemical and genetic methods for studying protein function.
  • Biochemistry of Physiology (BCHM 463)
    • A one semester course designed to introduce undergraduate students to the basic principles of Biochemistry. The course covers the basics of protein structure and enzymatic catalysis, metabolism and metabolic regulation, and then puts all of these in the context of human health and physiology.
  • Biochemistry I (BCHM 461)
    • A one semester course designed to introduce undergraduate students to the basic principles of protein structure and enzymatic catalysis, and which lays the groundwork for future classes in biochemistry (BCHM 462, 464, 465). The course also covers the structures and properties of carbohydrates and lipids, essential biochemical techniques, the detailed mechanisms of several enzymes, and experiments used to determine these mechanisms.
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 231 & 232)
    • An introduction to Organic Chemistry, and its associated lab. This class focuses on the “vocabulary and grammar” of the subject, with particular emphasis on understanding the shape of a molecule and how that impacts the chemistry it can engage in.
  • The Practice of Science in an Age of Truthiness (HONR 299I)
    • An Honors seminar designed to introduce students from all majors to the idea of science as a process, and to distinguish actual science from what is popularly thought of as science. The class is part philosophy of science, part history of science, and part critical analysis of popular media.

Service and Outreach

  • 2017 Member, Lecturer Search Committee
  • 2015-present Member, Undergraduate Awards and Honors Program Departmental Committee
  • 2014-2015 Judge for Bioscience Day
  • 2014-present Academic Advisor, Spring ’18 – 24 students; Fall ’17 – 30 students; Spring ’17 – 25 students; Fall ’16 – 24 students; Spring ’16 – 21 students; Fall ’15 – 27 students; Fall ’14 – 31 students


  • Lindsey-Boltz LA, Kemp MG, Capp C, Sancar A. 2015. RHINO forms a stoichiometric complex with the 9-1-1 checkpoint clamp and mediates ATR-Chk1 signaling. Cell Cycle. 14:99-108.
  • Capp C, Wu J, Hsieh TS. 2010. RecQ4: the second replicative helicase? Crit. Rev. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 45:233‐242.
  • Capp C, Qian Y, Sage H, Huber H, Hsieh TS. 2010. Separate and combined biochemical activities of the subunits of a naturally split reverse gyrase. J. Biol. Chem. 285:39637‐39645.
  • Capp C, Wu J, Hsieh T. 2009. Drosophila RecQ4 has a 3′‐5′ DNA helicase activity that is essential for viability. J. Biol. Chem. 284:30845‐30852.
  • Wu J, Capp C, Feng L, Hsieh TS. 2008. Drosophila homologue of the Rothmund‐Thomson syndrome gene: essential function in DNA replication during development. Dev. Biol. 323:130‐142.
  • Hsieh TS, Capp C. 2005. Nucleotide‐ and stoichiometry‐dependent DNA supercoiling by reverse gyrase. J. Biol. Chem. 280:20467‐20475.
  • Capp, CL, Dorwart WC, Elias NT, Hillman SR, Lancaster SS, Nair RC, Ngo BT, Rendell MS, Smith DM. 2004. Post pressure hyperemia in the rat. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A. 137:533‐546.
  • Rendell MS, Johnson ML, Smith D, Finney D, Capp C, Lammers R, Lancaster S. 2002. Skin blood flow response in the rat model of wound healing: expression of vasoactive factors. J. Surg. Res. 107:18‐26.