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 2020 Parisa and Jesse's paper on inhibiting biofilm growth is accepted by Fungal Genetics and Biology. This work was a collaboration with the Jewell Lab.
July 2020 Our collaboration to develop capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry methods to study histatin 5 appears in Analyst and is featured on the front cover of the issue. Read the article here!
June 2020 Sayanee Adhikari successfully defends her thesis focused on designing cell-penetrating peptides for carrying protein cargo into fungal cells. Congratulations, Dr. Adhikari, and good luck as you transition to your next position!
June 2020 Undergraduate Martina Mensah joins the lab to work on our cell-penetrating peptide work. Welcome to the lab, Martina!
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