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Laura M.K. Dassama

Laura M.K. Dassama

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and of Microbiology and Immunology


Laura Dassama is a chemical biologist who uses principles from chemistry and physics to understand complex biological phenomenal, and to leverage that understanding for the modulation of biological processes. Her current research focuses on deciphering the molecular recognition mechanisms of multidrug transporters implicated in drug resistance, rational engineering and repurposing of natural products, and control of transcription factors relevant to sickle cell disease.


Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Member, Bio-X
Institute Scholar, Sarafan ChEM-H

Honors & Awards

Hellman Faculty Scholar, Stanford University (2019-2020)
Alumni Achievement Award, Pennsylvania State University (2019)
Gabilan Junior Faculty Fellowship, Stanford University (2018-2021)
Terman Faculty Fellowship, Stanford University (2018-2021)
Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Grant, Burroughs Wellcome Fund (2015-2018)
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (2014-2017)
Alumni Association Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University (2013)
Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship, Gordon Research Conference (2011)
Minority Ph.D. Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2009-2013)

Professional Education

B.S., Temple University, Biochemistry (2007)
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2013)
Postdoctoral fellow, Northwestern University, Molecular Biosciences (2017)
Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Hematology/Oncology (2018)