Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Canceling Cancer With T Cells
Faculty Spotlight · 12. October 2023
Though modern science has eradicated countless threats to human health, many other diseases and degenerative conditions continue to take a devastating toll. How can we eliminate these threats to health and well-being?

Faculty Spotlight: David Straney Receives Provost’s Academic Advisor of the Year Award for 2022-23
Faculty Spotlight · 15. September 2023
He was recognized for his dedication to supporting biological sciences majors throughout their academic careers at UMD.

Faculty Spotlight · 04. August 2023
We proudly recognize faculty members in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics who recently garnered major honors and awards! Norma Allewell, Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Caren Chang, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher; International Plant Growth Substances Association Silver Medal Award Zhongchi Liu, CMNS Board of Visitors Distinguished Faculty Award Swarna Mohan, promoted to senior lecturer Brian Pierce, promoted to associate professor with...
Faculty Spotlight: CBMG Faculty Promotions
Faculty Spotlight · 27. July 2023
It is our great pleasure to officially announce that the campus has granted promotion to 5 of our colleagues!

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.

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