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Vincent (Vinnie) Tagliabracci is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  He received his B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Indianapolis and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Indiana University under the supervision of Dr. Peter Roach, where he made several important contributions to understanding how elevated levels of glycogen phosphate cause Lafora Disease, a deadly form of epilepsy.  In 2010, Vinnie joined the laboratory of Dr. Jack Dixon as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA.  There, he discovered a novel family of “secreted” kinases that phosphorylate proteins destined for secretion from the cell.  As part of this work, he identified Fam20C as the bona fide "Golgi casein kinase", an enzyme that escaped identification for many years.  In 2015, he joined the faculty at UT Southwestern as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology.  Vinnie is the recipient of the Esther L. Kinsley dissertation award from Indiana University School of Medicine, a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award from the National Institutes of Health, a Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recruitment of first-time, tenure-track faculty member award and is an Endowed Scholar in biomedical research. 


University of Indianapolis (2005), Chemistry
University of Indianapolis (2005), Biology
Graduate School
Indiana Univ Purdue Univ Sch M (2010), Molecular Biology
Graduate School
Indiana Univ Purdue Univ Sch M (2010), Biochemistry

Research Interest

  • Cancer Biology
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Kinases in the Secretory Pathway and Extracellular Space
  • Pseudokinases
  • Signal Transduction


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Thinking outside of the cell: Secreted protein kinases in bacteria, parasites, and mammals.
Park BC, Reese M, Tagliabracci VS, IUBMB Life 2019 Jun 71 6 749-759
The Golgi 'casein kinase' Fam20C is a genuine 'phosvitin kinase' and phosphorylates polyserine stretches devoid of the canonical consensus.
Cozza G, Moro E, Black M, Marin O, Salvi M, Venerando A, Tagliabracci VS, Pinna LA FEBS J. 2018 Dec 285 24 4674-4683
Structure and evolution of the Fam20 kinases.
Zhang H, Zhu Q, Cui J, Wang Y, Chen MJ, Guo X, Tagliabracci VS, Dixon JE, Xiao J Nat Commun 2018 Mar 9 1 1218
The secretory pathway kinases.
Sreelatha A, Kinch LN, Tagliabracci VS Biochim. Biophys. Acta 2015 Apr
A secretory kinase complex regulates extracellular protein phosphorylation.
Cui J, Xiao J, Tagliabracci VS, Wen J, Rahdar M, Dixon JE Elife 2015 Mar 4
Crystal structure of the Golgi casein kinase.
Xiao J, Tagliabracci VS, Wen J, Kim SA, Dixon JE Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2013 Jun 110 26 10574-9
Secreted protein kinases.
Tagliabracci VS, Pinna LA, Dixon JE Trends Biochem. Sci. 2013 Mar 38 3 121-30
Phosphate incorporation during glycogen synthesis and Lafora disease.
Tagliabracci VS, Heiss C, Karthik C, Contreras CJ, Glushka J, Ishihara M, Azadi P, Hurley TD, DePaoli-Roach AA, Roach PJ Cell Metab. 2011 Mar 13 3 274-82
Abnormal metabolism of glycogen phosphate as a cause for Lafora disease.
Tagliabracci VS, Girard JM, Segvich D, Meyer C, Turnbull J, Zhao X, Minassian BA, Depaoli-Roach AA, Roach PJ J. Biol. Chem. 2008 Dec 283 49 33816-25

Honors & Awards

  • W. M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Grant
  • Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research (The Welch Foundation)
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)
  • Searle Scholar
  • ASBMB Herb Tabor Junior Investigator Award
  • ASMB Junior Investigator Award
  • Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Scholar
  • UT Southwestern Endowed Scholar
  • K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award
  • Esther L. Kinsley PhD Dissertation Award