Former IMSD Meyerhoff Fellow Dr. Peter Mercredi (Biochemistry) came to UMBC back in 2006 as a participant in the UMBC Summer Biomedical Training Program (SBTP). As an undergraduate, Peter attended the City College of New York (CUNY). As participant of the SBTP, Peter was a part of the HHMI EXROP (Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Exceptional Research Opportunities Program) where he worked with Dr. Michael Summers.
Dr. Mercredi began graduate school in 2008 and worked in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Summers where his research focused on the myristylated matrix. Studies have shown that subtle mutations in HIV-1 MA can retarget Gag assembly to intracellular compartments. Structurally characterizing how these mutations result in atypical membrane targeting may elucidate key features in MA for the development of novel HIV inhibitors. Over the years, Peter mentored several undergraduates and presented his research at several conferences. Dr. Mercredi began his postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude in October 2014
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