Juliana Lessa Sacoman

Assistant Professor of Practice

Degrees and Appointments

  • B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, Campinas State University (Brazil), 2000-2004
  • M.Sc. in Cell and Structural Biology, Campinas State University (Brazil), 2005-2007
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, 2007-2012
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Van Andel Research Institute, 2012-2014
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Nevada Reno, 2014-2016
  • Lecturer, University of Nevada Reno, 2016-2018
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Arizona, 2019-2022


I currently teach BIOC463A (Biochemistry Laboratory). In this course, students learn and practice a wide variety of laboratory techniques that are used in a modern biochemistry laboratory, such as site directed mutagenesis, gene expression analysis, protein production and purification, enzyme kinetics, among others. Students also learn how to interpret results, discuss their findings and troubleshoot their experiments. In addition, important transferable skills such as oral presentations, scientific writing and use of relevant databases are also practiced in this course.

Relevant Publications

1. Peters EC, Gee MT, Pawlowski LN, Kath AM, Polk F, Vance CJ, Sacoman JL, Pires PP. (2022) Amyloid -β Disrupts Unitary Calcium Entry Through Endothelial NMDA Receptors in Mouse Cerebral Arteries. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 42(1): 145-161.

2. Sacoman JL, Dagda RY, Burnham-Marusich AR, Dagda RK, Berninsone PM. (2017) Mitochondrial O-GlcNAc Transferase (mOGT) Regulates Mitochondrial Structure, Function and Survival in HeLa Cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 292: 4499-4518.

3. Niemi NM, Sacoman JL, Westrate LM, Gaither LA, Lanning NJ, Martin KR, MacKeigan JP. (2014) The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Physically and Genetically Interacts with the Mitochondrial Phosphatase PTPMT1. PloS One, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093896.

4. Sacoman JL, Badish LN, Sharkey TD, Hollingsworth RI. (2012) The Metabolic and Biochemical Impact of Glucose 6-sulfonate (Sulfoquinovose), a Dietary Sugar, on Carbohydrate Metabolism. Carbohydrate Research, 362: 21-29.

5. Sacoman JL, Hollingsworth RI. (2011) Synthesis and evaluation of an N-acetylglucosamine biosynthesis inhibitor. Carbohydrate Research, 346 (14): 2294-9.

6. Sacoman JL, Maia KM, Possenti A, Figueira GM, Foglio MA, Carvalho JE. (2008) Anticancer Activity of Pothomorphe umbellata Crude Extract. Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 41 (5): 411-415.

7. Figueiredo IS, dos Santos LV, Costa WF, Carvalho JE, Silva CC, Sacoman JL, Kohn LK, Sarragiotto MH. (2006) Synthesis and Antiproliferative Activity of Novel Limonene Derivatives with a Substituted Thiourea Moiety. Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society, 17: 954-960.