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?
Can characterizing the proteomes of Mycobacterium smegmatis and its associated mycobacteriophages allow us to understand and target tuberculosis?
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Dr. Krystle J. McLaughlin
Note: The lab is full for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The McLaughlin Lab is a part of the Chemistry Department at Vassar College.
Excited to announce the first paper out of the McLaughlin Lab @Vassar has been published! This work was in collaboration with the SSGCID, and the lead student author is Justas Rodarte VC ’19, who was one of the first students to join the lab. Acta Crysta F: scripts.iucr.org/cgi-bin/paper?S2053230X21001497 PubMed: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33620038/
Dr. McLaughlin included as a “Rising Star” on Cell Mentor’s “1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America” list!
The latest RCSB PDB Education Corner (January 2021) reports on the 2020 ACA Transactions Symposium on Structural Science: New Ways to Teach the Next Generation, which included an invited talk by Dr. McLaughlin.
I am one of the chemists featured in the @ChemistryWorld update article "Chemists amid coronavirus: 2020 in review" & I am grateful to report that my situation has been improving steadily🙏🏾👩🏾🔬#Thankful #pandemiclife #academiclife #momlife #BlackandSTEM https://t.co/MWgt1PSXsL https://t.co/wKqRtZK2Rd pic.twitter.com/F7gJ7OaDyO — Dr. Krystle J McLaughlin (@biophyskrys) January 5, 2021
In honor of #BlackInBiological, I present to you @Beyonce in #BlackisKing as #biochemistry textbooks:#BlackInChem #BlackChemistsWeek #BlackInChemWeek @BlackInChem pic.twitter.com/eBM74bLA8A — Dr. Krystle J McLaughlin (@biophyskrys) August 11, 2020
Had the opportunity to talk to @ChemistryWorld about my experience during this time, how it has affected my @Vassar research, teaching, and life in general. -KM From Chemistry World: Protein x-ray crystallographer Krystle McLaughlin talks about lab life on hold, not far from the epicentre of the US coronavirus outbreak: here.
Check out the profile of Dr. McLaughlin and the lab’s research in the Spring 2018 alumni magazine of Colgate University here!
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[…]