Dr. Mark E. Venable


  • B.S. Chemistry - Western Carolina University
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry - Wake Forest University

Professional Experience:

  • Postdoctoral, University of Utah - Cardiovascular Research Training Institute
  • Research Associate, Duke University - Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

Teaching Specialties:

  • Cell Biology
  • Biology of Aging

Areas of Expertise:

  • Lipid Biochemistry
  • Snake Venom Phospholipases
  • Microbial Biofuel Production

Current Courses:

  • Cell Biology
  • Biology of Aging
  • Current Controversies in Biotechnology
  • First Year Seminar/ Honors Seminar


My research focuses on the role of lipids in biology. In the past the work was mostly about signaling whereas now it focuses on metabolism.
I have recently worked on the use of microalgae as a biofuel source. We have been trying to maximize triglyceride production through environmental stressors. We have also worked on developing a attachment substrate for growth to improve wastewater purification and biomass harvesting.
We have also been working on the inhibition of phospholipases that play a major role in tissue damage associated with bites from pit vipers, such as rattlesnakes and copperheads with the goal of developing an antivenin. We have found evidence of a serum phospholipase inhibitor. We are working to determine its structure as well as its specificity toward different isoforms of phospholipase A2.

Title: Professor , Honors College Academic Advisor - Biology and Preprofessions, Antivenin, Biofuels
Department: Department of Biology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6513

Office address
Rankin Science South 234