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
May 2017 Zifan Gong's manuscript on cell-penetrating peptide translocation in Candida cells is accepted by Peptide Science.
May 2017 Svetlana is awarded the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award by the University of Maryland Graduate School. Read more here.
April 2017 Parisa receives second place for her poster at the University of Maryland's Graduate Research Appreciation Day. Congratulations, Parisa!
February 2017 Our work to develop an improved antifungal therapy for oral infections (with colleagues at the Dental School) is selected as a finalist for UMD's Invention of the Year. Read more here.
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