About our lab
Our lab uses the tools of protein and peptide engineering to improve the understanding and treatment of human disease. We use both rational design and directed evolution to engineer proteins and peptides, giving us a powerful set of molecular tools. We are currently focused on developing methods for studying, treating, and diagnosing infections caused by Candida albicans (the most common fungal pathogen in humans, see image below) and for studying proteins important in cancer.
Recent lab news
July 2017 Svet successfully defends her PhD thesis and will soon start as a postdoc. Congratulations, Dr. Ikonomova!
June 2017 Zifan successfully defends his PhD thesis and will soon start at Pfizer. Congratulations, Dr. Gong!
June 2017 Svet receives the presentation award at ResearchFest. Nice job!
May 2017 Zifan's manuscript on cell-penetrating peptide translocation in Candida cells is accepted by Protein Science. Read it online here!
May 2017 Svetlana is awarded the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award by the University of Maryland Graduate School. Read more here.
See details on these items and more on our NEWS page.