News & Events

December 2023: We held the Annual Schmitt Lab Holiday Party! No one succeeded in finding the pickle hidden in the Christmas tree.

Danielle attended Cell Bio 2023 and presented a poster. The Young Hall 5th Floor Labs got together for dinner in Boston.

November 2023: We had our First Annual Bouhaddou-Schmitt Labs Beach Bonfire!! We had a great time roasting s’mores and relaxing on the beach.

October 2023: A collaborative project with Dr Tara TeSlaa (UCLA DGSOM) has been selected for funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as part of their “Measuring Metabolism Across Scales” program. Our project seeks to develop and use genetically encoded organelle-targeted tools to manipulate and measure metabolism across scales. You can learn more about our project here.

We have received the 2023 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award! This $1.5 million award will be used to develop new biosensors for metabolites to study compartmentalized regulation of metabolism. This is also the lab’s first NIH grant!

September 2023: Danielle has been awarded an ASCB IPERT Travel Award to attend Cell Bio 2023 in Boston, MA.

July 2023: Danielle has been awarded a UCLA Faculty Career Development Award by the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion! This award will support ongoing work on multiplexed imaging of metabolic regulation.

June 2023: Congrats to Jack for being awarded a Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant Fellowship!

Danielle completed the American Society for Cell Biology’s Accomplishing Career Transitions Program. This program provided structured mentoring and career development for the postdoc-to-PI transition.

Congrats to Alexia for graduating from UCLA with her BS in Biochemistry and Departmental Highest Honors. Alexia also received the Daniel E. Atkinson and Charles A. West Commencement Prize in Metabolic Biochemistry. Congrats, Alexia!

May 2023: Congrats to Kasey Parks for receiving the Susan Elizabeth Baumgarten Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Michael Sun for receiving the Boyer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Kasey and Michael were honored at the Departmental Awards Ceremony. You can read more about their awards here.

Danielle participated in Scialog: Advancing BioImaging in Tucson, AZ!

February 2023: The Schmitt Lab has joined the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute

Danielle has joined the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Faculty.

October 2022: Danielle’s review detailing genetically encodable regulation of kinase signaling has been published in Current Opinions in Chemical Biology.

Danielle has joined the UCLA Institute for Quantitative & Computational Biosciences Faculty.

July 2022: Danielle’s paper using a new AMPK activity reporter to uncover mechanisms for subcellular AMPK activity has been published in Nature Communications.

May 2022: The Schmitt Lab will be opening in Fall 2022 at UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry!