Dr. Marc Taraban is a Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

About Dr. Taraban:

Dr. Taraban received his M.S. in Physical Chemistry from Novosibirsk State University and Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Chemical Kinetics & Combustion.  His pioneering research in the Laboratory of Magnetic Phenomena used methods of Chemically Induced Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (CIDNP) to observe organometallic intermediate species and magnetic field effects on enzymatic reactions for the first time.  As a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, Dr. Taraban continued his research of mechanisms of enzymatic processes using spin chemistry techniques, and expanded his focus to structural determination of biomacromolecules and polymers using Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS).  At the University of Maryland, College Park, he created new force-sensitive nano-networks (FSNNs) from soft and wet viscoelastic materials assembled from peptides and other biopolymers in order to construct injectable and biodegradable mechanosensors and drug release matrices to aid the repair and rehabilitation of damaged musculoskeletal tissues.  Dr. Taraban holds an issued patent for noninvasive analytical technologies.

Research Interests:

Dynamic nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) applications in low and high field to study solvent-solute interactions are of great interest to Dr. Taraban.  His current research investigates the water relaxation rate as a probe for noninvasive characterization of biopharmaceuticals.  More generally, Dr. Taraban is interested in applications of modern biophysical and structural biology methods (e.g., Dynamic Light Scattering, Microflow Imaging, SAXS and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering) to study the structural characteristics and conformational dynamics in biopolymers, molecular assemblies, and dendrimers.

Contact Information:

Marc B. Taraban, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 Penn Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: 410-706-0549
E-mail: mtaraban@rx.umaryland.edu