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SusanPross

Susan Pross, Ph.D.

Professor, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE MOLECULAR MEDICINE
  • In my role of Director of the Scholarly Concentrations Program I am involved in development and assessment of this elective opportunity for student scholarship and individuation.
  • I am a trained immunologist and microbiologist and did research in the field of immunology for many years. More recently, my focus has changed to education. As such I serve as a Course Director in Year 2 and Director of the Scholarly Concentrations Program (SCP). I am also involved in curriculum development and assessment. I have published and run workshops regarding educational issues and have helped mentor students on educational projects.
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EricLewandowski

Eric Lewandowski

Postdoctoral Scholar Research, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE MOLECULAR MEDICINE
  • Our lab focuses on structure based drug design through the use of X-ray crystallography and molecular docking.
  • My research is focused on discovering novel inhibitors of the protein monofunctional transglycosylase (MTG). MTG catalyzes the second to last step of bacterial cell wall formation and has only one known inhibitor, but unfortunately it is ineffective in humans. By combining fragment based molecular docking with protein X-ray crystallography I hope to discover novel inhibitors against MTG and other transglycosylases involved in bacterial cell wall formation. These novel inhibitors could lead to a new class of antibiotic that would ultimately be effective against bacteria that are resistant to many currently available drugs.
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