Shahriar Mobashery

Shahriar Mobashery

Bioorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry


Navari Family Professor in Life Sciences, University of Notre Dame
Professor, Wayne State University
Associate Professor, Wayne State University
Assistant Professor, Wayne State University
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rockefeller University
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Chicago
B.S. in Chemistry, University of Southern California
B.S. in Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

Selected Awards

Emil Thomas Kaiser Award
Fellow, Science Without Borders, Brazil
Research Achievement Award, University of Notre Dame
Astellas USA Foundation Award of the American Chemical Society
Elected Fellow, America Association for the Advancement of Science
Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow

Prof. Mobashery's Current CV

Research Interests

The Mobashery research program integrates computation, biochemistry, molecular biology, and the organic synthesis of medically important molecules. Bringing together these different disciplines is desirable to produce both scientific and medical advances for difficult, but critically important clinical problems.

Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance, Cell Wall and Discovery of Novel Antibiotics

The studies of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance are central themes in the Mobashery laboratory. Mechanisms of resistance to β-lactam antibiotics have been studied, with a focus on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa as two nefarious human bacterial pathogens. A multidisciplinary approach is taken towards elucidating the distinct strategies that nature has devised to counter the use of antibiotics in the clinic. Significant work has also been directed towards the bacterial cell wall. The cell wall is a structure that encases the entire organism, and it is critically important for its survival. Its complex biosynthesis and recycling are subjects of study. Discovery of novel antibacterials is another large focus of attention.

Diseases of the Extracellular Matrix

The Mobashery laboratory is interested in diseases of the extracellular matrix (ECM). The ECM is an environment that surrounds every cell in higher organisms. There are many proteins and carbohydrates within this environment, whose homeostasis is highly regulated. When these regulatory processes break down, many disparate diseases ensue. The Mobashery lab investigates how these diseases develop and progress, and designs novel therapeutics for their intervention. The diseases of matrix of interest in the Mobashery lab include diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis, traumatic-brain injury and stroke.

Recent Publications

  • Chang, M., Mahasenan, K. V., Hermoso, J. A., Mobashery, S. "Unconventional Antibacterials and Adjuvants" 2021 Accounts of Chemical Research, 54 (4), pp. 917-929. DOI:10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00776.
  • Fisher, J. F., Mobashery, S. "β-Lactams against the Fortress of the Gram-Positive Staphylococcus aureus Bacterium" 2021 Chemical Reviews, 121, pp. 3412-3463. DOI:10.1021/acs.chemrev.0c01010.
  • Kumar, V., Mathure, S. A., Lee, M., Boorman, J., Zeng, X., Lin, J., Hesek, D., Lastochkin, E., Mobashery, S., van den Akker, F. "Turnover Chemistry and Structural Characterization of the Cj0843c Lytic Transglycosylase of Campylobacter jejuni" 2021 Biochemistry, 60 (14), pp. 1133-1144. DOI:10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00027.
  • Peng, Z., Nguyen, T. T., Song, W., Anderson, B., Wolter, W. R., Schroeder, V. A., Hesek, D., Lee, M., Mobashery, S., Chang, M. "Selective MMP-9 Inhibitor (R)-ND-336 Alone or in Combination with Linezolid Accelerates Wound Healing in Infected Diabetic Mice" 2021 ACS Pharmacology and Translational Science, 4 (1), pp. 107-117. DOI:10.1021/acsptsci.0c00104.
  • Boudreau, M. A., Ding, D., Meisel, J. E., Janardhanan, J., Spink, E., Peng, Z., Qian, Y., Yamaguchi, T., Testero, S. A., O'Daniel, P. I., Leemans, E., Lastochkin, E., Song, W., Schroeder, V. A., Wolter, W. R., Suckow, M. A., Mobashery, S., Chang, M. "Structure-Activity Relationship for the Oxadiazole Class of Antibacterials" 2020 ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 11 (3), pp. 322-326. DOI:10.1021/acsmedchemlett.9b00379.
  • Qian, Y., Allegretta, G., Janardhanan, J., Peng, Z., Mahasenan, K. V., Lastochkin, E., Gozun, M. M. N., Tejera, S., Schroeder, V. A., Wolter, W. R., Feltzer, R., Mobashery, S., Chang, M. "Exploration of the Structural Space in 4(3 H)-Quinazolinone Antibacterials" 2020 Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 63 (10), pp. 5287-5296. DOI:10.1021/acs.jmedchem.0c00153.

Contact Information

  • Navari Family Professor in Life Sciences
  • Office: 354B McCourtney Hall
  • Phone: 574-631-2933
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