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Karlett J. Parra, PhD

Chair, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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Contact Information

Phone: (505) 272-1633

Academic Career

Parra received her MS in biochemistry from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1992. She completed her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, in 1998. She was on the faculty of Le Moyne College and Ball State University before joining UNM in 2007.

Research Interests

Parra’s lab investigates the molecular mechanisms that regulate function and orchestrate assembly of V-ATPase proton pumps with emphasis on the mechanisms by which glucose metabolism and V-ATPases interplay.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Founding Senior Member of the Honor Society for Outstanding Students in the Molecular Life Sciences of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


HSC Announces Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Chair
(HSCNewsBeat; Oct. 10, 2011) - Karlett Parra, PhD, has been named the UNM School of Medicine Chair for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Parra will succeed William Anderson, Ph.D., who recently retired after 31 years of service to the School of Medicine.