Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: From Serbia and China to College Park
Faculty Spotlight · 29. March 2023
Alums’ Gift to Maryland Promise Program Honors Their UMD Mentor

Faculty Spotlight: Super Sleuthing to Save Citrus
Faculty Spotlight · 16. March 2023
Anne Simon is on a mission to stop a silent killer—a relentless pathogen that wreaks havoc from the U.S. to Europe and beyond.

Research Update: $3M NIH Grant Supports Genomic Approach to Curing ‘Neglected’ Disease
Faculty Spotlight · 16. March 2023
Supported by a new $3 million grant, a University of Maryland genomicist is continuing a decadelong fight against a painful, disfiguring parasitic skin condition that has received scant attention from the global medical community because of who it infects—the world’s poorest people. The funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) allows Professor of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics Najib El-Sayed and partners in South America to use powerful...

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Norma Allewell Named 2023 ASBMB Scholar
Faculty Spotlight · 13. March 2023
Congratulations to Dr. Norma Allewell, who was named a 2023 ASBMB Fellow! Designation as a fellow recognizes outstanding commitment to the ASBMB through participation in the society in addition to accomplishments in research, education, mentorship, diversity and inclusion, advocacy, and service to the scientific community.

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.