Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University
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Department of Chemistry
Iowa State University

Mei Hong

Professor of Chemistry
0219 Hach Hall
Department of Chemistry
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Tel: 515-294-3521

    90 - 92            B. A. Chemistry, summa cum laude, Mount Holyoke College, MA
    92 - 96            Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (Advisor: Alexander Pines).

    96 - 97            NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (Advisor: Robert G. Griffin).
    97 - 99            Research Assistant Professor, Department of Polymer Science and
                            Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    99 - 03            Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University
    03 - 05            Associate Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University
    05 - now          Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University
    07 - 10            John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University

Awards and Honors
    1998               National Science Foundation POWRE Award
    1999               Beckman Young Investigator Award, Beckman Foundation
    2000               Research Innovation Award, Research Corporation
    2001               National Science Foundation CAREER Award
    2002               Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Sloan Foundation
    2003               American Chemical Society Pure Chemistry Award
    2003               Early Achievement in Research/Artistic Creativity Award,
                           College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University
    2004               Mary Lyon Award, Alumnae Association, Mount Holyoke College
    2006               Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award, Iota Sigma Pi
    2007               Iowa State University Mid-Career Research Award
    2007               John D. Corbett Professorship
    2010               American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow

 2010               Founders Medal, International Council on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems (ICMRBS)

 2012               Protein Society Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award


Research interests

            We are interested in understanding the structural basis for the function of membrane peptides and proteins and other insoluble biological macromolecules. Our primary tool is magic-angle-spinning solid-state NMR spectroscopy. We are currently investigating the conformation, dynamics, orientation, oligomeric assembly, and intermolecular interactions of the influenza M2 proton channel, viral fusion peptides, cationic membrane peptides, and polysaccharides and glycoproteins of plant cell walls. To answer important biomedical and biophysical questions, we continue to design new and improve existing high-resolution solid-state NMR techniques.

(updated 09/2012)

Professor Mei Hong
Department of Chemistry
0219 Hach Hall, Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-3111
Tel: 515-294-3521
Fax: 515-294-0105

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