About Dr. Schumacher
Dr. Schumacher received her PhD from the Oregon Health & Sciences University in 1995. Included in her thesis work was the first structure determination of a LacI member bound to DNA. She also captured a hemoglobin intermediate transitting from the T to R state. She published 8 papers as a graduate student. For her thesis work she was awarded the 1996 Pharmacia Biotech & Science Prize for Young Scientists, for Outstanding Thesis in Molecular Biology. She went on to obtain a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Postdoctoral fellowship for her postdoctoral studies, which were conducted in Richard G. Brennanís lab. During this time she determined the first structure of a multidrug binding protein bound to multiple drugs as well as numerous structures of nucleic acid binding proteins such as the first structure of Hfq and Hfq-RNA and key proteins required for protozoal parasitic diseases. This work resulted in 19 publications and earned her a Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award that provided transitional funds for the development of her own laboratory, started in 2001. In 2004 she moved her lab to the MD Anderson Cancer Center where she was awarded a prestigious MD Anderson Trust Fellowship. At MD Anderson her studies on DNA segregation, transcription regulation and RNA editing were developed. She received the MD Anderson Scholar Award in 2007 In 2011 she moved her lab to the Biochemistry Department at Duke University. In 2012 she was named an AAAS Fellow. At Duke she continues to work on DNA segregation, transcription regulation, DNA organization, kRNA editing and mechanisms of multidrug resistance and tolerance.
History of the Lab
The Schumacher Laboratory started in 2001 in Portland, Oregon where Dr. Maria A. Schumacher was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 2005, Dr. Schumacher moved her laboratory to Houston, TX in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Schumacher obtained early promotion to Associate professor at MD Anderson in 2007. In 2011, the Schumacher lab moved to Duke University in Durham, NC.