Samy Meroueh

Samy Meroueh, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


I received a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University in the laboratory of William Hase.  There, I explored and developed methods to model intermolecular forces that drive molecular recognition and ensuing chemical reactions. As a postdoc, I joined the bioorganic laboratory of Dr. Shahriar Mobashery first at Wayne State University and then at the University of Notre Dame. I worked on understanding the mechanism by which β-lactamases hydrolyze β-lactam antibiotics. I was also involved in the development of mechanism-based small-molecule inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP2), cathepsin B, and β-lactamases. In my lab at Indiana University, we are interested in developing chemical tools to modulate protein-protein interactions, particularly those that drive cancer metastasis or prevent repair following spinal cord and traumatic brain injury.  We are interested in both covalent and non-covalent compounds that either inhibit or activate protein-protein interactions.  We employ structure-based computational approaches to design small molecules that we characterize through biochemical and biophysical studies for binding and inhibition.  We also explore these compounds in cell culture and animal models.  In addition to my past and existing funding from the National Institutes of Health, I am a recipient of a Research Scholar Award from the American Cancer Society.  I am also a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  In addition to my appointment in Biochemistry, I am a member of the Indiana University Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, the Stark Neurosciences Institute, and the Simon Cancer Center. 



Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
635 Barnhill Drive Medical Science, Room MS4021
Indianapolis, IN 46202