Mclaughlin REsearch Group

Structure & Function of Microbial Proteins

Header image above shows crystals of protein involved in antibiotic resistance grown in our lab in November 2021!
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Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

Bacteria gain antibiotic resistance commonly through conjugative plasmid transfer (CPT). What is the molecular basis of this process?

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Gut Microbe Bacteriodes ovatus

The gut microbe Bacteroides ovatus is elevated in people with autoimmune diseases. Which of its proteins may play an important role in the disease state?

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Uncharacterized Pathogen Proteomes

Emerging bacterial pathogens are of concern for new outbreaks. Characterizing their proteomes may allow us to understand and target them more effectively.

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Vassar’s President Bradley Visits the Lab! (May 2022)

URSI Team (July 2021) & End of Semester Lunch (May 2022)

The McLaughlin Lab is a part of the Chemistry Department at Vassar College.

Lab Members

Jordan Norman

Vassar ’24 | CPT Researcher

Maedot Abate

Vassar ’24 | SSGCID Proejct

Xinping Ran

Vassar ’23 | SSGCID Researcher

Minkyo Han

Vassar ’25 | CPT Researcher

Note: The lab is full for the 2022-2023 academic year.



Our big projects in Spring 2023 involve characterizing (1) a key antibiotic resistance transfer protein from Salmonella, and (2) two novel proteins from the R.felis and M. smegmatis.

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