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September 2016 Dr. An was invited to serve as an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group.

September 2016 Dr. An was invited to give a talk at the Biology, Chemistry and Physics of Non-membranous Organelle, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

August 2016 Dr. An participated in the Benkovic Symposium at Penn State, University Park, PA.


August 2016
Dr. An was invited to give a talk at the UKC2016, Dallas, TX.

July 2016 Dr. An was invited to give a talk at the 2016 Gordon Research Conference - Enzymes, Coenzymes, and Metabolic Pathways, Waterville Valley, NH.

July 2016 Dr. An was invited to serve as an Associate Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Biochemistry and Physiology.

June 2016 Danielle was selected as NIH-funded Graduate Student CBI Training Fellows at UMBC. Congratulations, Danielle!

June 2016 Dr. An has contributed to the editorial about "Cancer Metabolism" at the AACR CICR Newsletter.

May 2016 Danielle was selected to give a talk at the 2016 FCBIS at the Johns Hopkins University. She presented her discovery of an spatial self-assembly of an enzyme involved in the downregulation of de novo purine biosynthesis. Great Job, Danielle!

April 2016 Congratulations to Danielle on her recent manuscript. It was just accepted for publication in the American Chemical Society journal "ACS Chemical Biology." We also thank our collaborators in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UMBC, Yun-ju Cheng and Prof. Junyoung Park, for their contribution on the article.

April 2016 Three undergraduate researchers in the lab,  Farhan Augustine, Syrena Bracey and Gabriella Balaa, presented their research in the URCAD at UMBC.

April 2016 Dr. An hosted a seminar speaker, Dr. Kay Ahn, who is a senior director and global head of molecular and cellular pharmacology of Janssen R&D, Phamaceutical Company of Johnson and Johnson.

April 2016 A research proposal for the AACR-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grant is approved for funding. Dr. An formally accepted the grant at the AACR Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
The photography of Dr. An with Dr. Jose Baselga, Immediate Past President of the AACR, and Dr. Karl Ziegelbauer, Senior Vice President and Head, Therapeutic Research Groups of Bayer. Photo by
© AACR/Todd Buchanan 2016.

April 2016 Danielle Schmitt received the ASBMB 2016 Thematic Best Poster award at the ASBMB Annual Meeting in San Diego. Congratulations, Danielle!

April 2016 Danielle Schmitt was selected to present her research orally at the 2016 ASBMB Annual Meeting. She also organized a session of Recent Advances in Protein Engineering with her UMBC colleague, Michael White.

April 2016 Rose Luu accepted admission to the PhamD program with merit scholarship at the Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Congratulations, Rose!

March 2016 Dr. An hosted a seminar speaker, Dr. Aimin Liu, from Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas - San Antonio.

January 2016 Dr. An served as an ad-hoc grant reviewer.

January 2016 The group members participated in the Annual 2016 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Retreat at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Danielle was selected as a featured poster presenter.

January 2015 Mr. Farhan Augustine joined the lab for undergraduate research experience. Welcome on board!

December 2015 Ms. Miji Jeon joined the lab for her dissertation study. Welcome on board!

December 2015 Mr. Andrew Le joined the lab for undergraduate research experience. Welcome on board!

November 2015 Dr. An as a K-Tech advisory board member participated in the Korea-US Cooperative Conference for Life Sciences Industry 2015, Rockville, MD.

November 2015 Syrena Bracey presented their research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Seattle, WA.

October 2015 Dr. An hosted a seminar speaker, Dr. Philip S Low, from Department of Chemistry at Purdue University.

October 2015 Dr. An volunteered to judge posters at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences.

August 2015 Two undergraduate researchers in the lab,  Syrena Bracey and Gabriella Balaa, presented their research at the 250th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA.

August 2015 Anand Sundaram successfully completed his M.S. degree at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMBC. Congratulations, Anand!

August 2015 Syrena Bracey won the 2015 Distinguished Undergraduate Scholarships from ASBMB for their academic accomplishments in the face of adversity and commitment to increasing educational access for underrepresented students. Syrena is one of the five recipients of the scholarship in 2015. Congratulations, Syrena!

July 2015 Dr. An presented Danielle's and Anand's work at the Gordon Research Conference - Enzymes, Coenzymes and Metabolic Pathways, Waterville Valley, NH.

June 2015 Ms. Bao Tran "Rose" Luu joined the lab for undergraduate research experience. Welcome on board!

June 2015 Dr. An presented Anand's work at the AACR Metabolism and Cancer meeting, Bellevue, WA.

May 2015 Anand Sundaram accepted a lab assistant position at Trevigen, Gaithersburg, MD. Congratulations, Anand!

May 2015 Casey Kohnhorst successfully completed her M.S. degree at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMBC. Congratulations, Casey! 

May 2015 Congratulations to Casey, Danielle and Anand on their recent manuscript. It was just accepted for publication in BBA - Proteins and Proteomics (Special Issue: Physiological Enzymology).

May 2015 Danielle Schmitt, as a representative of CGSA, hosted a seminar speaker, Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, from NIH.

May 2015 Gabriella Balaa won the ACS Maryland Section - Student Travel Award. Congratulations, Gabby!

May 2015 Danielle Schmitt presented her research poster at the 8th Annual Frontiers at the Chemistry and Biology Interface Symposium (FCBIS), which was organized by UMBC. Dr. An served as a local organizing committee member this year.

April 2015 Syrena Bracey is selected as the MARC U*STAR Scholar for the 2015-2016 academic year at UMBC. Congratulations, Syrena!

April 2015 Undergraduate student, Quan "Sean" Dao, is selected as a 2015 Faith Award recipient of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He will be recognized during the 10th annual CNMS Student Recognition Day on May 1. Congratulations, Sean!

April 2015 Dr. An volunteered to judge posters/presentations at the Howard County Public School System STEM Fair and Festival 2015 held at Long Reach High School, Columbia, MD.

March 2015  Graduate students, Anand Sundaram, presented his research on posters at the ASBMB - Experimental Biology 2015, Boston, MA. An undergraduate student, Julio Ramirez, was shared authorship on his poster as well.

March 2015 Danielle Schmitt gave a talk at the Graduate Research Conference at UMBC.

March 2015
Dr. An volunteered to judge posters at the Science Fair held at the Centennial Lane Elementary School, Ellicott City, MD.

March 2015 Syrena Bracey is accepted for the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Congratulations, Syrena!


March 2015 Gabriella Balaa is accepted for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the Rockefeller University. Congratulations, Gabby!

March 2015 Two undergraduate researchers in the lab,  Syrena Bracey and Gabriella Balaa, are selected for the Undergraduate Research Award (URA) scholars at UMBC. Congratulations, Gabby and Syrena!

March 2015 Dr. An hosted a seminar speaker, Dr. Matthew Vander Heiden, from Department of Biology at MIT.

March 2015 Dr. An hosted a seminar speaker, Dr. Maciek Antoniewicz, from Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware.

February 2015  Graduate students, Danielle Schmitt, presented her research on posters at the Biophysical Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

January 2015 Dr. An served as a panel for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

January 2015 Dr. An was invited to give a talk at the Protein Society Symposium - Protein Meet-Up, University of Maryland Baltimore County. Graduate students, Casey, Anand and Danielle, in Dr. An lab also presented their research on posters.

January 2015 Dr. An and group members participated in the 5th Annual 2015 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Retreat at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

December 2014 Congratulations to Minjoung, Sarah, Casey and Nopondo on their recent manuscript. It was just accepted for publication in the American Chemical Society journal "Biochemistry." Of particular, Sarah and Nopondo were undergraduate researchers when they participated in this research.