Michael Petris, PhD


The long-term objectives of the Petris laboratory are to elucidate the roles of the essential nutrient copper in physiological and pathophysiological processes.  In humans, this trace metal is required for oxidative respiration, neurotransmitter synthesis, pigmentation, antioxidant defense, connective tissue formation and iron metabolism. Mutations that affect pathways of copper trafficking are known to cause several different human diseases. The Petris lab studies the role of copper in extracellular matrix modification involved in cancer cell metastasis, fibrosis and scar formation.  His lab also studies the role of copper at the host pathogen interface during microbial infection.



Academic Information

Professor of Biochemistry


1201 E. Rollins St.
RM 540D Bond Life Sciences Center
Columbia, MO 65211
United States

Research Interests

  • Copper
  • Cancer
  • Infectious disease
  • Nutrition
  • Metals

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular biology
  • Cancer biology
  • Nutrition
  • Cell biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Metabolism
  • Animal models of disease