College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Michael L. Canute

Instructor of Biology, Biology and Pre-Medical Studies ProgramMichael L. Canute

Office Telephone: (808) 236-5859

Office Location: Hawaii Loa Campus, AC 242B


Academic Background:


PhD candidate - Molecular Biosciences & Bioengineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa

MS Biomedical Science (Human Physiology), University of Hawaii at Manoa, August 1995

BS Food Science and Human Nutrition (Nutritional Science), University of Hawaii at Manoa, May 1989

AA Liberal Arts, Kauai Community College, May 1986

Teaching and Related Experience:

Biology Instructor - Hawaii Pacific University, 1997 - present.    

Teaching Introductory Anatomy and Physiology courses (2-semester course) to pre-

Nursing students, upper division Human Physiology course offered to pre-Medical science majors.

Science Teacher - Damien Memorial High School, 1995 - 1997.   

Taught General Biology, Honors Biology, and AP Biology.

Teaching Assistantship - University of Hawaii, 1992 - 1995.     

Taught Undergraduate General Science Lab course, and upper division Anatomy and

Physiology Lab courses (2-semester course).

Teaching Interest:

Undergraduate Courses in Anatomy and Physiology as well as upper division course(s) in Physiology (General and specialized areas, especially Neuroendocrinology), Anatomy, Histology, & Neuroscience (the latter three are yet to be developed). 

Current Research (Queen’s Medical Center):

Characterization of a novel transmembrane protein, TMEM16E (also known as GDD1) that has been previously described in causing a debilitating bone disease, gnathodiaphyseal dysplasia, due to a single point mutation resulting in a missense translation of C356R and C356G. 

University Service (HPU):

Pre-Medical Program (member / Coordinator): 1998 - 2002

Pre-Medical Program Review: 1998 & 2003

Arts and Science Curriculum Committee (elected): 1999 - 2000

Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee (elected): 2002

Research Issue & Scholarship Activities Committee: 2003 – 2006


Dean's List - Kauai Community College, Fall 1984 to Spring 1986

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Lifetime Member) - Spring, 1987

Professional Memberships:

Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS), 1996

National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), 2000 - 2002

Hawaii Chapter, Society for Neuroscience, 2002

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – 2005

American Society for Microbiology (Hawaii Chapter) – 2005 

Paper / Presentations:

March 6, 2004: BRIN, HPU Hawaii Campus – “Receptor Aggregation at the Neuromuscular


April 30, 2004: Biomedical Symposium, UHM – “Molecular Roles of Dystrophin Complex and

Actin Filaments in the Formation of the Neuromuscular Synapse.”

August 4, 2006: INBRE Summer Fellowship Poster Presentation – “ Characterization of

TMEM16E and TMEM16F”

Grants / Fellowships:

Biomedical Research Intramural Network - Mini-grants: Summer 2003, & Academic Year 2003 to


IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Summer Fellowship, 2006

Previous Collaborations:

Heinz Gert de Couet’s lab (UMH) – production of transgenic Xenopus embryos tagged with

moesin-GFP markers. 

Kristen Kroll (Washington University at St. Louis) – design of transgenic Xenopus embryos.