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Anton Iliuk


 Anton Iliuk


Postdoctoral Research Assistant
(765) 494-4188


My name is Anton Iliuk and I am a post-doctoral student in Dr. Andy Tao’s group. I’m originally from Ukraine, where I went to a secondary school. Later, I spent my last year of high school in El Paso, TX, and then continued my education at Eastern New Mexico University where I received my B.S. and M.S. in chemistry (biochemistry emphasis) before coming to Purdue.
I joined Dr. Tao’s group as a Ph.D. student in April 2007. I have always been drawn to cancer research, but I did not want to fall into the huge ranks of graduate students doing the same type of projects and experiments. Therefore, selecting the Tao lab was a no-brainer for me, allowing me to conduct cancer research in a unique way using the newest state-of-the-art technology of mass spectrometry and HPLC. As a proteomics lab, we rarely conduct hypothesis-based research. Rather, we look at the whole spectrum of proteins and their modifications on the discovery-based scale without any bias. Such approach permits us to look at all interesting proteome changes without missing anything unexpected.
My project is based on the development of novel phosphoproteomic and phosphorylation detection techniques, which would enable us and other research groups to carry out phosphorylation studies more efficiently. The results of these projects, we hope, would provide us and other laboratories with putative therapeutic targets for drug research. Because I really enjoyed the research in the lab, I decided to stay after graduating in May, 2011 to continue my work on the projects.
Outside the lab, I enjoy playing sports, running, and spending time with my wife and friends.

Hu L., Iliuk A., Galan J., Hans M., Tao W.A. (2011). Identification of Drug Targets in vitro and in Living Cells by Soluble Nanopolymer-based Proteomics. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. (in press).
Iliuk A., Jayasundera K., Schluttenhofer R., Tao W.A. (2011). Functionalized Soluble Nanopolymers for Phosphoproteome Analysis. Nanoproteomics: Methods and Protocols. Chapter 27. Methods in Molecular Biology series. (in press).
Liu W., Iliuk A., Tao W.A., Ding S. (2011). Identifying protein complexes by affinity purification and mass spectrometry analysis in the rice blast fungus. Fungal Genomics. Chapter 11. Methods in Molecular Biology series. Vol 722. (in press).
Galan J., Iliuk A., Tao W.A. (2011). Quantitative proteomics. Mass Spectrometry of Proteins and Peptides in Drug Discovery. Part 1, Chapter 4. Chen G., John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (in press).
Iliuk A., Martinez J., Hall M., Tao W.A. (2011). Phosphorylation Assay Based on Multifunctionalized Soluble Nanopolymer. Analytical Chemistry. (published online March 11).
Ding S-L., Liu W., Iliuk A., Ribot C., Vallet J., Tao A., Wang Y., Lebrun M-H., and Xu J-R. (2010). The Tig1 Histone Deacetylase complex regulates infectious growth in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Plant Cell, 22: 2495-2508.
Iliuk A., Martin V., Alicie B., Geahlen R., Tao W.A. (2010). Metal ion-functionalized soluble nanopolymers for in-depth kinase-dependant tyrosine phosphoproteome analysis. Molecular Cellular Proteomics, 9 (10): 2162-2172.

Burnside K., Lembo A., de los Reyes M., Iliuk A., BinhTran N-T., Connelly J.E., Lin W-J., Schmidt B.Z., Richardson A.R., Fang F.C., Tao W.A., Rajagopal L. (2010). Regulation of hemolysin expression and virulence of Staphylococcus aureus by a Serine/Threonine Kinase and Phosphatase. PloS One, 5 (6): e11071Iliuk A., and Tao W.A. (2009). Quantitative phosphoproteomics based on soluble nanopolymers. Phospho-proteomics. Methods and Protocols. Chapter 10. Series: Methods in Molecular Biology. de Graauw M., Springer, Vol. 527. (book chapter).
Iliuk A., Galan J., Tao W.A. (2009). Playing tag with quantitative proteomics. Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry, 393 (2), 503-513.


Hall M.C., Jeong D., Henderson J., Choi E., Bremmer S., Iliuk A., Charbonneau H. (2008). Cdc28 and Cdc14 control stability of the Anaphase-promoting Complex Inhibitor Acm1. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 283 (16), 10396-10407


Tao and Hall labs after Purdue Center for Cancer Research 5K run.
(Pictured: Anton Iliuk, Juan Martinez, Rachel Schluttenhoffer, Dr. Andy Tao, and Jacob Galan)

Tao and Hall labs after mini-500 half-marathon in Indianapolis, IN.
(Pictured: Juan Martinez, Jacob Galan, and Anton Iliuk)

Tao labs and BCHM staff spent the day at the Perfect North ski slopes.
(Pictured: Anton Iliuk and Dr. Andy Tao)