Michael D Toney, PhD


Position Title

2469 Chemistry Annex
One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616

We are generally interested in how enzymes catalyze reactions by as much as 10^20 fold or more, and how they can be used as practical catalysts. Current projects include determining the role of protein motions in reactions catalyzed by pyridoxal phosphate (PLP, vitamin B6) enzymes, uncovering the mechanism by which methane is produced by bacteria in aerobic conditions (~25% of natural methane emission), and chracterizing the enzymes that are involved in the biosynthesis if psilocybin (active ingredient in magic mushrooms).

We have an active research group involving undergraduate students. To apply to join the group, send an introductory letter and an unofficial copy of your transcript by email to mdtoney@gmail.com.

Education and Degree(s)
  • PhD, UC Berkeley (1990)
  • BS, University of Alabama (1985)