Rong Huang

Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Specialization: Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Epigenetics


B.S. -1996 Tongji Medical University (Pharmacy)
M.S. - 1999 Tongji Medical University (Pharmaceutical Science)
Ph.D. -2006 Purdue University (Medicinal Chemistry)
Postdoc. -2007-2011 Johns Hopkins University (Chemical Biology)


Our lab applies a multidisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of biochemistry, organic and peptide synthesis, chemoproteomics, and cell biology. 

  • Understanding the molecular mechanisms of protein post-translational modifications including methylation, acetylation, and phosphorylation
  • Design and synthesis of selective and potent inhibitors including new small molecules, peptidomimetics, and peptide conjugates to manipulate and probe the epigenetic pathways
  • Development of novel and targeted epigenetic therapies for cancer and other diseases

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Lab Members

Dongxing Chen (Post-Doctoral Research Associate)
Guangping Dong (Graduate Student)
Linjie Li (Post-Doctoral Research Associate)

Representative Publications

Kronfol MM, Dozmorov MG, Huang R, Slattum PW and McClay JL (2017) The role of epigenomics in personalized medicine. Expert Review of Precision Medicine and Drug Development. 2(1), 33-45. 

Khalil EM, Mackie BD, Mao Y, and Huang R. (2016) Methyltransferases: Key Regulators in Cardiovascular Development and Disease. Annals of Vascular Medicine and Research. 3(2): 1032. Invited Review Link

Zhang G, Huang R. (2016) Facile Synthesis of SAM-Peptide Conjugates through Alkyl Linkers Targeting Protein N-terminal Methyltransferase 1. RSC Advance, 6, 6768-6771. Link

Cheng D, Mao Y, Tempel W, Qin S, Li L, Loppnau P, Huang R*, and Jin M*. (2015) Structural basis for the substrate recognition by the human N-terminal methyltransferase 1. Gene & Development, 29 (22), 2343-2348. PMID: 26543161. PMCID:PMC4691889 (* co-corresponding  authors) Link

Richardson SL, Mao Y, Zhang G, Hanjra P, Peterson DL, Huang R. (2015) Mechanistic studies of protein N-terminal RCC1 methyltransferase 1. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 290 (18), 11601-11610. PMID: 25771539. PMCID:PMC4416863 Link

Richardson SL, Hanjra P, Zhang G, Mackie BD, Peterson DL, Huang R. (2015) A Direct, ratiometric, and quantitative MALDI-MS assay for protein methyltransferases and acetyltransferases. Analytical Biochemistry: Methods in the Biological Sciences, 478, 59-64. PMID: 25778392. PMCID: PMC4855292. Link

Zhang G, Richardson SL, Mao Y, Huang R. (2015) Design, synthesis, and kinetic analysis of potent protein N-terminal methyltransferase 1 inhibitors. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. 13, 4149-4154. PMID: 25712161. PMCID: PMC4857722. Link
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