University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Luke A. Moe



Directions to University of Kentucky, Lexington, KYUniversity of Kentucky, PSS
Campus LocationPlant Science Building
1405 Veterans Drive (Office:311)
Lexington, KY 40546-0312
Phone(859) 218-0761
Fax(859) 257-7125



Environmental Genomics and Biochemistry



B.S. Washington State University (Biochemistry)

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Biochemistry)


My research focuses broadly on the genomics and biochemistry of soil-dwelling microorganisms.  We have a particular interest in understanding the mechanisms by which bacteria synthesize complex natural products and participate in degradation/mineralization of contaminating materials.




This person page last updated on 2011-07-19


    Abt495 - Experimental Techniques in Biotechnology; Credits - 4
    A laboratory course designed to give students the technical skills and understanding necessary to critically examine biological systems at the molecular level. This course emphasizes the principles of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology as applied to a model system for laboratory investigations..
    Instructors: Luke A. Moe

Research/Teaching Publications

    Books and Book Chapters

    Moe, L.A., M.D. McMahon, and M.G. Thomas. 2010. Functional metagenomics as a technique for the discovery of novel enzymes and natural products. IN: J.R. McCarthy, H.C. Yang, and W.K. Yeh, ed. Enzyme Technologies for Drug Discovery and Development, Vol. 1, Chemical Biology of Enzymes for Biotech and Pharmaceutical Applications. Wiley.

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Moe, L.A. 2013. Amino acids in the rhizosphere: From plants to microbes. American Journal of Botany 100:16921705.
    Radkov, A.D., and L.A. Moe. 2013. Amino acid racemization in Pseudomonas putida KT2440. Journal of Bacteriology 195:50165024.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Luke A. Moe Atanas Radkov
    Donato, J.J., L.A. Moe, B.J. Converse, K.D. Smart, F.C. Berklein, P.S. McManus, and J. Handelsman. 2010. Metagenomics reveals antibiotic resistance genes encoding predicted bifunctional proteins in apple orchard soil. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76:4396-4401.
    Allen, H.K., L.A. Moe, J. Rodbumrer, A. Gaarder, and J. Handelsman. 2009. Functional metagenomics reveals diverse betalactamases in a remote Alaskan soil. The International Society of Microbial Ecology Journal 3:243-251.