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Danielle L. Schmitt

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Dr. Danielle L. Schmitt (she/her) earned her BS in Chemistry-Biochemistry from Ball State University in 2012, where she performed undergraduate research with Dr. Bruce Storhoff supported by the Lewis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program. She earned her doctorate in Chemistry-Biochemistry at University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2017 with Dr. Songon An, where she focused on understanding the signaling pathways involved in the organization of multienzyme complexes for metabolism. Her graduate work was supported by the NIH T32 Chemistry-Biology Interface program. In 2018, Dr. Schmitt undertook her postdoctoral training with Dr. Jin Zhang in the Pharmacology Department at University of California San Diego, where she used genetically encoded biosensors to uncover mechanisms for compartmentalized AMP activated protein kinase (AMPK) activity. Her postdoctoral work was funded through the NIH/NCI-supported Biochemistry of Growth Regulation and Oncogenesis Cancer Training Grant, University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and San Diego Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA). In 2022, Dr Schmitt joined the faculty at UCLA as an Assistant Professor at UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in the Biochemistry Division. Dr Schmitt is a member of the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences.

Outside of the lab, Danielle works to advocate for women and minorities in science, enjoys trying out new walking trails, spending time with her cats, and visiting new-to-her coffee shops around Los Angeles.

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