Dr. Merkler studied biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (B.A, 1979). He joined the group of Dr. F.C. Wedler in the Biochemistry Program at Pennsylvania State University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1985. After a postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Dr. Vern L. Schramm, Dr. Merkler started his independent career at Unigene Laboratories, Inc. in 1989. In 1995, Dr. Merkler moved to academia as an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Duquense University. Currently, Dr. Merkler is a professor of chemistry at the University of South Florida. He has published more than 85 papers in peer-reviewed journals.