Robert Hausinger is a Michigan State University Distinguished Professor in both the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Before coming to MSU in 1984, he earned his PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1982 and obtained postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Hausinger is an enzymologist, with special interests in the mechanisms of metalloenzymes and the biosynthesis of their metallocenters. His work in the CCBC focuses on the effects of confinement on the activity of 2-aminophenol 1,6-dioxygenase, an iron-containing enzyme. Other projects in the Hausinger laboratory include analysis of the iron and 2-oxoglutarate dependent ethylene-forming enzyme, characterization of 2-hydroxyacid racemases/epimerases containing the nickel-pincer nucleotide (NPN) cofactor, and examination of the enzymes required for NPN cofactor biosynthesis.