Our recent Nature Chemical Biology paper describes a cryptic chlorination and subsequent aromatic ring alkylation involved in cylindrocyclophane biosynthesis. Congratulations to Hitomi and Erica!
Our recent Science paper reports the development of chemically guided functional profiling and the discovery of a new glycyl radical enzyme in human gut microbes that metabolizes a host-derived amino acid. Congratulations to Ben, Yolanda, Spencer, Ana, and Jonathan, and thank you to our wonderful collaborators Yifeng Wei (MIT), Eric Franzosa, and Curtis Huttenhower (Harvard School of Public Health, Broad Institute)!
A paper detailing our collaborative work with the Drennan lab at MIT to characterize the structure and mechanism of the disease-associated gut microbial enzyme choline trimethylamine-lyase (CutC) has appeared in Cell Chemical Biology. Congratulations to Sam B. and Michael!
Welcome to Vayu Maini Rekdal, a graduate student from the MCO program who joined the Balskus Lab this summer, and Dr. Monica McCallum, a new postdoctoral researcher!
Congratulations to Dr. Hitomi Nakamura for successfully defending her thesis! We know that you're going to keep doing amazing things! That makes two newly minted PhDs in the past two weeks!
Congratulations to Dr. Smaranda Bodea for successfully defending her thesis! We're so proud of all that you have accomplished!
The Balskus lab is the winner of the "Shut the Sash" Competition run by the Office of Sustainability! Congratulations to all of the Balskus lab members for doing their part to help limit fume hood exhaust levels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on this great interdepartmental initiative, click here!
Congratulations to Hitomi for winning a poster award at the 2015 Pacifichem conference! She presented her studies of the enzymes involved in cylindrocyclophane biosynthesis.