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Overview of our research interest

Agatenor Lab research Interest imageThe overarching goal of our research is to improve human health. We seek to achieve this by elucidating the mechanism through which the metabolome and post-translation modifications (PTMs) modulate cell-cell and cell-pathogen interactions. Towards this, we synthesize and use bespoke functional molecules and polymers to probe these modifications. We are particularly interested in two PTMs, protein sialylation and lactylation, and the metabolite, uridine diphosphate N-acetylglucosamine that are central to many metabolic pathways.

We expect to improve our understanding of how these PTMs or metabolite directs the innate immune system in immunosurveillance or immunotolerance. Our research employs a multidisciplinary approach that integrates synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, chemical biology, and molecular biology elements. We are also interested in developing ionic liquids-based platforms to enhance biologics' stability and pharmacokinetics.

Our Core Values

  • We value and promote diversity and inclusion in our research group.
  • We encourage all group members to contribute their experiences and expertise.
  • We value the contributions and personality of all group members.
  • We strive for integrity and excellence in our scientific pursuit.
  • We pursue our research will passion and dedication.
  • We appreciate all persons without regard to their race, education, experience, expertise, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion and political affiliations.

We are hiring!

We have an open position for a postdoctoral researcher. Prospective candidate should have experience in chemical synthesis, biochemistry, and/or molecular biology.