Microbial Protein Structure & Function Research
Spread of Antibiotic Resistance
Bacteria can gain antibiotic resistant genes through horizontal gene transfer, also know as conjugative plasmid transfer (CPT). What is the molecular basis of this process?
Gut Microbiome & Autoimmune Disease
People with autoimmune diseases have a very different population of microbes in their gut. Are the elevated microbes playing a role in the disease state?
Unraveling Phage Biochemistry
Genomes of recently discovered Mycobacteriophages encode several gene products that do not match any known proteins. What are the functions of these novel phage proteins?
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Dr. Krystle J. McLaughlin
Note: The lab is full for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The McLaughlin Lab is a part of the Chemistry Department at Vassar College.
This summer we welcomed three research students, Justas Rodarte ’19 (who is a returning member) and Sharika Hasan ’19 through the Vassar URSI program, and Gabi James ’22 through the DIR program. As of July 1st, we already have some beautiful data- check out Sharika’s our enzyme assay below:
Dr. McLaughlin has been appointed the chair of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Liaison Committee on Underrepresented Minorities. AIP LCURM is composed of a designee from each of the ten AIP Member Societies, as well as from NSBP, NSHP, and SPS. The purpose of LCURM is to reduce under representation in the physical sciences, Read more about Dr. McLaughlin appointed Chair of AIP LCURM[…]
Congrats to Dr. Krystle McLaughlin who has been elected to the standing Communications Committee of the American Crystallographic Association. She will be joining Katrina Forest, Jim Fettinger and Brian Patrick on this committee, to serve a four-year term. She was also re-elected to serve another term as the Secretary for the ACA Biological Macromolecules SIG. Read more about Dr. McLaughlin Elected to ACA Communications Committee[…]
Our crystals (lower right) featured on the Hampton Research website, as a “Success Story” in the crystal gallery in September 2017: