Horn Lab News

April 21 2015: Undergraduate research students Kyle Mondron, James Gorman, Matt Purcell, and Devon Bolandpresent their research at NIU’s Undergraduate Research Day.

April 2015: J. Horn receives an Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

April 2015: Congrats to Phumvadee (Beau) Wangtrakuldee for successfully defending her PhD!

December 2014: Our collaborative project with the Hagen and Meganathan labs was highlighted in the recent issue of Northern Now: Discovery of Small Molecules May Lead to Big-Time Remedies

October 2014: Our paper “Structural Basis of an Engineered Dual-Specific Antibody: Conformational Diversity Leads to a Hypervariable Loop Metal Binding Site” by Fanning, et. al., has been published in the special “Antibody” issues of Protein Engineering, Design and Selection

October 2014: The Horn lab welcomes Devon Boland and Matthew Purcell as Research Rookies.

August 2014: Our collaborative project with the Hagen and Meganathan labs was highlighted on NIUToday.


August 2014: Congrats to Derek Burnet for successfully passing his completing his MS!

June 2014: Undergraduate student Willie Carter was awarded a 2nd Place Poster Award 2014 GLC ASPET meeting. link. Congrats Willie!

May 2014: Congling Chen joins the Hagen/Horn lab

April 2014: Congrats to Chris Smith for successfully defending and completing his PhD!

April 22 2014: Undergraduate research students Ben Nagy, Kyle Mondron, and James Gorman present their research at NIU’s Undergraduate Research Day.

January 2014: Dionne Griffin joins the Horn lab


October 2013: The Horn lab welcomes Kyle Mondron and James Gorman as Research Rookies.

October 2013: Our paper with the Hagen lab “Cytidine derivatives as IspF inhibitors of Burkolderia pseudomallei” has been accepted in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, In Press

September 2013: Phumvadee (Beau) Wangtrakuldee’s poster “Discovery of inhibitors of Burkholderia pseudomallei methionine aminopeptidase with antibacterial activity” was awarded 2nd prize for the MEDI – ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters Poster Prize at the Fall 2013 ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis Congrats Beau!

July 2013: Our collaborative paper with the Hagen Lab has been accepted in ACS Med. Chem. Let.. Congrats Beau!

April 25 2013: Horn Lab undergraduate research students recognized at the Departments Award Banquet: Kathy Burjarska was awarded the NIU Chemistry Club Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award and Jared Trout was awarded the Rock River ACS Undergraduate Research Award. Congrats!!

April 23 2013: Undergraduate research students Sean Hayes and Jared Trout present their research at NIU’s Undergraduate Research Day.

April 2013: Congratulations to Megan Murtaugh for successfully defending her dissertation.


Summer 2012: Rebecca Shaw joins the Horn lab

December 2012: Our collaborative paper with the Bujarski lab has been published in Virus Research.

October 2012: Congratulations to MS student Kim Martin for successfully defending her thesis.

September 2012: Murtaugh, Smith, Jakkaraju, Bujarska and Horn attend and present their research at the 26th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics. .

September 2012: Congrats to Sriram Jakkaraju for successfully passing his qualifying exam!

May 2012 Congrats to our graduating undergraduate researchers: Abby Gaebler, Tom DeLegge, Alex Terry, James Lee, Sean Booth, and Madeline Tenison

April 24 2012: Undergraduate research students Abby Gaebler, Alex Terry, James Lee, Kathy Bujarska, Shamika Olivares, and Madeline Tenison present their research at NIU’sUndergraduate Research Day. Abby Gaebler and James Lee were awarded Honorable Mention. Nice job all!

April 2012: Graduate student Megan Murtaugh visits Washington DC to promote science, engineering and technology

April 2012: Congratulations to Sean Fanning for successfully defending his dissertation.

March 2012: Congrats to PhD student Megan Murtaugh on being awarded a Dissertation Completion Award

January 2012: Derek Burnet joins the Horn lab


October 2011: The Horn lab welcomes Shamika Olivares as a Research Rookie.

September 2011: Fanning, Murtaugh, Smith, Martin, and Horn attend and present their research at the 25th Annual Gibbs Conference on BiothermodynamicsPICTURE.

August 2011: Our paper, “A Combinatorial Histidine Scanning Library Approach to Engineer Highly pH-Dependent Protein Switches,” by Murtaugh, et. al. is highlighted as the cover art for the September issue of Protein Science.

July 2011: Megan’s paper (which includes co-authors PhD candidate Sean and undergraduates Alex and Tressa) “A Combinatorial Histidine Scanning Library Approach to Engineer Highly pH-Dependent Protein Switches” was accepted to Protein Science.

June 2011: Fanning and Horn’s paper examining a cryptic anti-hapten VHH binding site is highlighted as the cover art in the July 2011 issue of Protein Science.

May 2011: Our paper examining an engineered metal-switch antibody has been accepted to Biochemistry. Way to go Sean and Megan!

May 2011:Our paper examining the structure of a cryptic anti-hapten VHH binding site has been accepted to Protein Science. Nice work Sean!

April 20 2011: Undergraduate research students Abby Gaebler, Kevin King, Tressa Sharma, Vanessa Tempel, and Alex Terry present a posters at NIU’s Undergraduate Research Day. Abby Gaebler’s poster was awarded first prize and Vanessa Tempel was awarded Honorable Mention. J. Horn was awarded Faculty Mentor of the Year. Nice job all! Click for Pictures.

April 2011: Congrats to both Sean Fanning and Megan Murtaugh for successfully passing their PhD candidacy exams.

March 2011: Congrats to Greg Sonneson for receiving a 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

February 2011: Congrats to Abby Gaebler for receiving an Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research (USOAR) Award.

January 2011: Congrats to Chris Smith for successfully passing his qualifying exam!

January 2011: Kim Martin joins the Horn lab


November 2010: Congratulations to BJ Hoey who successfully passed his MS defense!

October 2010: The Horn Lab participates at STEMFEST 2010 giving kids and parents insight into protein structure within the influenza virus. See pics of STEM Fest 2010.

September 2010: Fanning, Smith, and Horn attend and present their research at the 24th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics.

September 2010: Congrats to Horn lab member Megan Murtaugh for successfully passing her qualifying exam!

September 2010: NIU Today article published which highlights recent grant awards.

August 2010: Sonneson, Fanning, and Horn attend and present their research at the annual Protein Society Meeting in San Diego.

July 2010: J. Horn receives an American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant.

May 2010: Congrats to Horn lab member Sean Fanning for successfully passing his qualifying exam!

April 29 2010: Undergraduate research student Brian Hartnett presents a poster at NIU’s Undergraduate Research Day.

March 2010: J. Horn receives an NSF CAREER award.


November 2009: Greg Sonneson’s Biochemistry paper “Hapten-Induced Dimerization of a Single-Domain VHH Camelid Antibody” was listed in the Top 10 Most-Accessed Rapid Reports July-September 2009 (Sonneson_Rapid_Report.pdf Δ)

October 2009: Murtaugh, Fanning, and Horn attend and present their research at the 23rd Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics

September 2009: Chris Smith joins the Horn lab

June 2009: Graduate student Greg Sonneson and undergraduate Tom DeLegge are co-authors on a paper examining the use of anti-hapten VHH antibodies in affinity chromatography

June 2009: Greg Sonneson’s paper examining an anti-hapten VHH antibody has been accepted for publication as a Biochemistry Rapid Report

March 2009: M.S. student Robert Hoey received first place at the 6th annual Sigma Xi Graduate Student Presentation Competition

February 2009: J. Horn’s paper examining protein-protein transition states has been published in PNAS


December 2008: Graduate Students Sean Fanning and Megan Murtaugh join the Horn lab.

October 2008: Undergraduate Research Student Tom Delegge is featured in “NIYou”

October 2008: Sonneson and Horn attend the 22nd Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics, presenting posters first-authored by Sonneson and Hoey

September 2008:Graduate Student Greg Sonneson joins the Horn lab

August 2008 A Young Scientists section has been added to the Horn Lab Homepage which includes a growing list of useful links for the scientist-in-training

May 2008: J. Horn receives the 2008-2009 David Raymond Grant for Use of Technology in Teaching.

May 2008: M. Milosch, G. Sonneson, and R. Hoey recognized at the Department Awards Banquet.

April 2008: Robert Hoey received the Outstanding Capstone Award at the University Honors Recognition Ceremony in recognition of his 2007 Undergraduate Capstone

April 2008: M.S. student Robert Hoey awarded a NIU University fellowship.

April 2008: Undergraduate CHEM498/CHEM499 Research Students B. Horn, M. Milosch, and G. Sonneson will present research talks to the department on April 11, 14, and 25, respectively.


November 2007: Undergraduate CHEM498 Research Students Patel and Ranieri will present research talks to the department on Nov 19 (Patel) and 26 (Ranieri) at noon.

Oct 2007: Horn and Hoey attend the Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics (Carbondale IL) and a present poster on their work examining the thermodynamic basis for recognition between a single domain antibody and its antigen. Gibbs

July 2007: Graduate student Robert Hoey was awarded the Outstanding Poster Award at the Current Trends in Microcalorimetry Conference (Boston). link