Welcome to the Smith Lab at UMBC!

We are an interdisciplinary group of chemists, biochemists, structural biologists, and spectroscopists studying the structure-function relationship of metalloproteins. Specifically, we are interested in how metalloproteins are involved in such crucial biological processes as protein translation, peptide posttranslational modification, nutrient uptake, and protein regulation. Members of the Smith lab have the opportunity to learn a wide array of techniques from molecular biology and protein expression and purification (both soluble and membrane), to structural biology, spectroscopy, and anaerobic techniques. We welcome chemists, biochemists, and molecular biologists alike who are interested in understanding the role of inorganic elements in biological settings!



The group (November 2018)

Our Group Is Ironclad!

Latest Lab News


April 2019

Verna has passed her lab prospectus! CONGRATULATIONS!

Pleased to announce that the lab has landed an NSF CAREER award for our work on Fe(II) transport. WAY TO GO, TEAM!

March 2019

The lab has been awarded a Career Development Grant from the American Heart Association! Both pleased and humbled, and eager to get to work on this project!

January 2019

The lab's newest grant was profiled by UMBC News. Kudos to all the lab members, and to the great staff for delivering this article!


The lab is pleased to have been awarded an R21 from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH-NIDCR)! 

Alex successfully passed her candidacy exam! WAY TO GO!!


Happy 2019! The lab's first preprint (Rick and Alex's FeoA structure paper) is available at bioRxiv!


December 2018

Nathan Max has joined the group. Welcome!

November 2018

The lab welcomes GPILS rotation student Nathan Max!

Aaron visited the Department of Chemistry at George Washington University to give a departmental seminar.

October 2018    

GPILS student Verna Van has joined the lab! Welcome!

Aaron and Julia attended the National REU Symposium in Alexandria, VA!



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