Carlos Catalano

Carlos Catalano PharmD, PhD

  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Primary Phone:303-724-0011

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

12850 East Montview Boulevard

Fourth Floor Room 4118

Aurora, CO 80045

The studies performed in my lab fall into three broad categories that seek to understand the molecular mechanisms of virus development in the complex double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses. The first project centers on the enzymology of terminase, the DNA packaging motor of bacteriophage lambda. This motor is among the most powerful known in biology; it packages the viral genome into a preformed procapsid shell to liquid crystalline density, which ultimately generates over 25 atmospheres of internal pressure. We utilize detailed enzyme kinetic, biochemical, and biophysical approaches to dissect the intimate details of motor structure and function.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • B.A., Biochemistry, 1979, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
  • Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacy, 1983, University of California, San Francisco, California
  • Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry, 1987, University of California, San Francisco, California


  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Program