portrait of Patrick Larkin, Associate Professor

Patrick Larkin

Associate Professor
S&E - Physical & Environmental Sciences

Patrick Larkin was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1989 with a B.S. in biochemistry, where he completed a senior thesis titled The substrate specificity of the actin amino-terminal processing enzyme with Dr. Peter Rubenstein. Upon graduation, he began his career as a research assistant in an infectious disease laboratory at the University Iowa, working on a vaccine for the tropical parasite Trypanasoma cruzi (Chagas disease). A strong interest in plants and agriculture led him to accept a position with the E.I. Dupont de Nemours company (DuPont) to help establish a plant biotechnology laboratory in Ames, Iowa. After three years with Dupont, he began graduate study on a Plant Biotechnology Fellowship at Texas A&M University (College Station) under the guidance of Dr. Bill Park. His dissertation work investigated the biochemistry and genetics of carbohydrate metabolism in rice. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1999 and accepted a position as a post-doctoral research associate at the Norman Borlaug Center for Crop Improvement at Texas A&M College Station. He accepted a position at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Biochemistry) in the fall of 2000. His scholarly pursuits have focused on the biochemistry and genetics of plants, with an emphasis on seagrasses. He helped design and equip the College of Science and Engineering's Molecular Core Facility and has served as its director for several years. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006.