Michael Stevenson, Chemistry Professor

Michael J. Stevenson

Assistant Professor

Program Director
Full-Time Faculty


Michael Stevenson obtained a BS in biochemistry from the University of Washington and a PhD in chemistry from Dartmouth College. After graduate school, he first completed postdoctoral work at Ohio State University before going on to his second postdoctoral appointment at University of California, Davis. 

The Stevenson Group at USF studies the interplay between antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and metals. Students in the group learn peptide biochemistry, coordination chemistry, spectroscopy, and calorimetry to elucidate how metals may influence AMPs. This bioinorganic research will help provide the foundation for rational design of new innovative therapeutics for treatment of bacterial infections as alternatives to traditional antibiotics.

Research Areas

  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Antimicrobial peptides


  • Dartmouth College, PhD in Chemistry, 2016
  • University of Washington, BS in Biochemistry, 2009

Prior Experience

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Ohio State University

Selected Publications

  • Stevenson, M.J.; Janisse, S.E.; Tao, L.; Neil, R.L.; Pham, Q.D.; Britt, R.D.; Heffern, M.C. “Elucidation of a copper binding site in proinsulin C-peptide and its implications on metal-modulated activity” Inorganic Chemistry, 2020, 59, 9339-9349.

  • Stevenson, M.J.; Farran, I.C.; Uyeda, K.S.; San Juan, J.A.; Heffern, M.C. “Analysis of metal effects on C-peptide structure and internalization” ChemBioChem, 2019, 20, 2447-2453. (Highlighted in Science Daily, PhysOrg, and as a cover feature)

  • Stevenson, M.J.;* Uyeda, K.S.;* Harder, N.H.O.; Heffern, M.C. “Metal-dependent hormone function: the emerging interdisciplinary field of metalloendocrinology” Metallomics, 2019, 11, 85-110. *Equal contribution.

  • Stevenson, M.J.; Marguet, S.C.; Schneider, C.R.; Shafaat, H.S. “Light-driven hydrogen evolution by nickel-substituted rubredoxin” ChemSusChem, 2017, 10, 4424-4429.

  • Johnson, D.K.; Stevenson, M.J.; Almadidy, Z.A.; Jenkins, S.E.; Wilcox, D.E.; Grossoehme, N.E. “Stabilization of Cu(I) for binding and calorimetric measurements in aqueous solution” Dalton Transactions, 2015, 44, 16494-16505.