Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Caren Chang Named 2022-23 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Faculty Spotlight · 15. August 2022
The award honors faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research.

Inventions of the Year: UMD Researchers Develop FANA Aptamers to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Faculty Spotlight · 31. May 2022
Professor Jeffrey DeStefano and postdoctoral associate Irani Alves Ferreira-Bravo—both from UMD’s Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, were inspired to use their lab’s knowledge of aptamers to expand and improve upon existing therapeutics for COVID-19. Their developments in fluoro-arabino nucleic acid (FANA) aptamers could help prevent initial infection with SARS-CoV-2.

Dr. Brian Pierce awarded $1.5 million NIH R35 Grant!
Faculty Spotlight · 04. January 2022
Dr. Brian Pierce, an Assistant Professor in the CBMG Department, was recently awarded a $1.5 million R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled “High Resolution Modeling and Design of Immune Recognition”.

Margaret Scull Awarded with $2.7 million NIH Grant to Study Virus-Mucus Interactions
Faculty Spotlight · 05. May 2021
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the NIH recently awarded CBMG Assistant Professor Dr. Margaret Scull a 5-year, $2.7 million grant to support her team’s efforts in researching the role of airway mucins during influenza virus infection.