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The Metalloprotein Lab Group at UTSA


          We welcome prospective students interested in pursuing graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, chemical biology, and medicinal chemistry! Our lab has ample opportunities to learn about enzymology, molecular and structural biology, medicinal chemistry, nutrition and drug metabolism, and protein-structure function relationships related to various disease states.

Principal Investigator




Aimin Liu, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Biochemistry

Department of Chemistry

The University of Texas at San Antonio

San Antonio, TX 78249-0698




Lab Manager

                Ian Davis, Ph.D.
                Assistant Professor for Research
                BSE 4.314, One UTSA Cir
                Tel: 210-458-7058



Postdoctoral Fellow

                Dr. Jiasong Li (Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Science and Technology of China)     E-mail

                Dr. Inchul Shin (Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Seoul National University)     E-mail

                Dr. Hui Xu (Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Auburn University)     E-mail



Graduate Research Assistant

               Ms. Romie Nguyen (Ph.D. candidate)     E-mail

               Mr. Ephrahime Traore (Ph.D. candidate)     E-mail

               Mr. Samuel Montoya (Ph.D. candidate)     E-mail

               Mr. Ran Duan (Ph.D. candidate)     E-mail

               Mr. Chinedum Udokwu (MS candidate)     E-mail

               Ms. Cassadee Stagliano (MS candidate)     E-mail



Post-baccalaureate Research Scholar

                 Mr. Chinedum Udokwu (admitted to the graduate program in January 2021)    



Lab Alumni and Current (or Last Known) Post


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