Charles Deutch

Professor Emeritus
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
2352

Biography

After receiving his doctorate in biology at the University of California, Riverside in 1970, Charles Deutch held academic positions at institutions including Kalamazoo College, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Elmira College. He came to Arizona State University's West campus in 2002. He retired from full-time employment at ASU in 2014, and then spent two years teaching at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He has now returned to ASU as an Emeritus Professor to teach on a part-time basis.

Professor Deutch's research focuses on the physiological and biochemical mechanisms by which various bacteria adapt to high-salt environments and the potential implications of these mechanisms for medicine and environmental biology. Currently there are three major projects under way in his laboratory. One concerns the uptake and metabolism of the amino acid L-proline as an osmotically-compatible solute by the uropathogenic bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus saprophyticus. The second deals with the characterization of enzymes such as alpha-amylase from the salt-tolerant bacterium Gracilibacillus dipsosauri, which are highly resistant to salts, denaturing agents, and solvents. The third examines the effects of high salt concentrations on the morphology and metabolism of Arthrobacter globiformis.

He is also interested in the field of science pedagogy and the development of new laboratory experiments for undergraduates in the area of biology.

Education

Ph.D. Biology, University of California-Riverside 1970

Publications

  • Gresko, K., A. Wison, and C. E. Deutch. Inhibition of urease activity in whole cells of Staphylococcus saprophyticus. Proceedings of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science (2012).
  • Deutch, C. E. L-Proline nutrition and catabolism in Staphylococcus saprophyticus. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (2011).
  • Deutch, C. E. Using class poster sessions to teach intermediary metabolism. The American Biology Teacher (2011).
  • Loes, A. N., L. Ruyle, M. Arvizu, and C. E. Deutch. Inhibition of the urease activity from the urinary tract pathogen Staphylococcus saprophyticus. Proceedings of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences (2011).
  • C. E. Deutch, R. Krumbholtz, S. M. Schmid, P. L. Bonate, and P. W. Jurutka. Conversion of the antitumor agent tasidotin (ILX651) to its active metabolite by prolyl oligopeptidase. Enzyme and Microbial Technology (2010).
  • A Ordorica, F Pough, S Cate, Charles Deutch. Seasonal variations in microbial communities in the nasal passages of captive desert tortoises. Journal of the Arizona Nevada Academy of Science (2008).
  • Charles Deutch, Pamela Marshall. Analysis of the RNA Content of the Yeast <i>Saccharomyces cerevisiae</i>. American Biology Teacher (2008).
  • Charles Deutch, Peter Jurutka, Pamela Marshall. Pedagogical issues in teaching upper-level science courses in a "community university". Journal of College Science Teaching (2008).
  • Charles Deutch, Peter Jurutka, Pamela Marshall. Pedagogical issues in teaching upper-level science courses in a "community university". Journal of College Science Teaching (2008).
  • Charles Deutch. Degradative Enzymes from the Pharmacy or Health Food Store: interesting examples for introductory biology laboratories. The American Biology Teacher (2007).
  • Charles Deutch, M Arballo, L Cooks, J Gomes, T Williams, T Aboul-Fadl, J Roberts. Susceptibility of Escherichia coli to L-selenaproline and other L-proline analogues in laboratory culture media and normal human urine. Letters in Applied Microbiology (2006).
  • Charles Deutch. Oxidation of 3,4-dehydro-D-proline and other proline analogues by D-alanine dehydrogenase in Escherichia coli. FEMS Microbiology Letters (2004).
  • Charles Deutch, T Egan, J Meekins, C Siegel. Protein and carbohydrate contents of plant seeds: an introduction to biochemical analysis. The American Biology Teacher (2004).
  • Charles Deutch. Characterization of a salt-tolerant extracellular ?-amylase from Bacillus dipsosauri. Letters in Applied Microbiology (2002).
  • Charles Deutch. Study Guide for Unseen Life on Earth: an Introduction to Microbiology. Published on-line by the American Society for Microbiology (2002).
  • Charles Deutch. Microbial contamination of chicken wings: an open-ended laboratory project. The American Biology Teacher (2001).
  • Charles Deutch, J Klarstrom, C Link, D Ricciardi. Oxidation of L-thiazolidine-4-carboxylate by ?1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase in Escherichia coli. Current Microbiology (2001).

Research Activity

Courses

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 556Integrative Biology II
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 547Wet Laboratory Experience
LSC 555Integrative Biology I
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BCH 372Modern Concepts Biochemist Lab
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BCH 372Modern Concepts Biochemist Lab
MIC 443The Microbial Universe
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 205Microbiology
MIC 206Microbiology Laboratory
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BCH 371Modern Concepts Biochemist
BCH 372Modern Concepts Biochemist Lab

Presentations

  • Loes, A., L. Ruyle, M. Arvizu, K. Gresko, A. Wilson, and C. E. Deutch. Inhibition of the urease activity from the urinary tract pathogen Staphylococcus saprophyticus. 112th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (Jun 2012).
  • C. E. Deutch. Proline catabolism in Staphylococcus saprophyticus. General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology (Jun 2008).
  • Marshall, Pamela, Dennis, Douglas, Deutch, Charles. Integrating the Undergraduate Natural Sciences Curriculum Using a Thematic Organism. International ChemEd Conference (Jul 2007).
  • Moore, Elisabeth, Deutch, Charles, Dennis, Douglas, Marshall, Pamela. Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Modules Incorporating the Desert Tree Lizard as a Model Organism. Arizona Nevada Academy of Science 51st Annual Meeting (Mar 2007).
  • Deutch, Charles, Marshall, Pamela, Dennis, Douglas. Use of a Thematic Organism to Link the Curriculum. Arizona Nevada Academy of Science 51st Annual Meeting (Mar 2007).
  • Dixit, Neha, Marshall, Pamela, Deutch, Charles, Dennis, Douglas. The Urosaurus Ornatus Genome Project at ASU-West Campus. Arizona Nevada Academy of Science 51st Annual Meeting (Mar 2007).
  • Dennis, Douglas, Deutch, Charles, Marshall, Pamela, Moore, Elisabeth, Dixit, Neha. Employing the Desert Tree Lizard (Urosaurus Ornatus) as a Thematic Organism to Integrate the Curriculum. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting (Jan 2007).
  • Marshall, P, Deutch, Charles, Dennis, D. Cell biology and genetics laboratory modules incorporating the desert tree lizard as a model organism. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (Dec 2006).

Service

  • African Journal of Microbiology Reseach, Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Peer Review committee for Udo Savalli, member (2012 - Present)
  • Cell Biologist search committee, member (2010 - Present)
  • Department Personnel Committee, member (2009 - Present)
  • Department Personnel Committee, member (2009 - Present)
  • Department Personnel Committee, member (2006 - Present)
  • Health Professions Advisory Committee, Chair (2004 - Present)
  • American Medical Student Association, Advisor (2010 - 2012)
  • Department Personnel Committee, member (2009 - 2011)
  • Cell Biologist search committee, member (2010 - 2011)
  • Canadian Journal of Microbiology, Reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee for Peter Jurutka, member (2009 - 2010)
  • Promotion and Tenure Peer Review Committee for Pamela Marshall, Chair (2009 - 2010)
  • Third Year Peer Review Committee for Carl Wagner, member (2009 - 2010)
  • Department CMB Search Committee, Chair (2007 - 2008)
  • Committee to Revise Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Process Biochemistry, Reviewer (2007 - 2008)
  • Reviewer (2007 - 2007)
  • Process Biochemistry, Reviewer (2007 - 2007)
  • Search Committee for INS Department Chair, member (2006 - 2007)
  • Chemistry Search Committee, member (2005 - 2006)
  • Campus Standards Committee, Member (2004 - 2006)