The Group


Principle InvestigatorMyles Poulin

Myles Poulin was born in Jasper, Alberta and grew up in the small town of Smithers British Columbia, Canada. He obtained a B.Sc. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2007, and worked in the labs of Professors Kerry Reimer and Stephen Rader. Myles then obtained a PhD at the University of Alberta working with Professor Todd Lowary where he designed probes to study the activity of enzymes involved in furanose sugar biosynthesis. After receiving his PhD in 2012, Myles joined the lab of Professor Vern Schramm at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow, where he studied the transition state structure of protein lysine methyltransferase enzymes using kinetic isotope effects and binding isotope effects. Myles has been supported throughout his studies by NSERC, from a summer URSA to a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2016, Myles joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland College Park as an Assistant Professor. Outside the lab, he enjoys running and hiking.

Graduate Students:


Kayla Best
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Kayla grew up in Stroudsburg, Pa and received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She started at UMD in the Fall of 2017 and joined the Poulin group that spring. Her project involves synthesizing analogs of the pel exopolysaccharide to study it’s role in biofilm formation.




Teodora Kljaic 

Teodora was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. She received her B.A. in Biochemistry from Grinnell College in Iowa (2014), and she worked in labs of Professor Mark Levandoski and Dr. Peter Storz from Mayo Clinic. She joined University of Maryland in 2014 and is currently working on projects involving development and testing of kinetic isotope effect measurements on enzymes involved in biofilm formation.
When she’s not in lab, you can probably find her at salsa and bachata dance festivals.

Kevin Mrugalski 

Alexandra Peterson
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Alex Peterson is originally from Minneapolis, MN. She completed a B.S. in Biochemistry with Honors at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, along with a minor in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a Security Studies focus. Her undergraduate research focused on synthesis of magnetic silica nanoparticles for the development of MRI contrast agents under the guidance of Prof. Sarah Stoll. Her projects currently focus on determination of the kinetics and mechanism of the poly-n-acetylglucosamine glycoside hydrolase Dispersin B, and the discovery of biofilm glycosidases using methods at the interface of biochemistry and organic chemistry.


Merritt Scott 

Shaochi Wang
Shaochi Wang

Shaochi was born in Zhengzhou, China. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry from China Pharmaceutical University. Shaochi started working at University of Maryland in 2016. His primary project is using synthetic substrates to study the function of PelF in Pel polysaccharide biosynthesis. When not in lab, he enjoys swimming and basketball.



Undergraduate Students:

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