Structural Biology

Structural Biology

The program emphasizes the study of proteins, nucleic acids, and viruses using X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, cryo-electron microscopy, and computational methods to determine how structure informs on the function and mechanism of these biological macromolecules.  Ongoing projects include virus assembly, type III secretion systems of gram negative bacteria, siderophore biosynthesis for iron scavenging by pathogenic bacteria, and ion channels and molecular pores.

Select a faculty member below to learn more about their research in this area:

Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Ph.D., 1998, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, Postdoctoral, 1999-2004
(785) 864-4923
4023 Haworth

NMR of molecular interactions in pathogenesis.

Dr. P. Scott Hefty
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Studies Director
(785) 864-5392
8051 Haworth

Molecular Mechanisms of Chlamydia Pathogenesis

Dr. Krzysztof Kuczera
Professor
(785) 864-4670
5090 Malott

Modeling of protein structure, dynamics and interactions.

Dr. Audrey Lamb
Professor, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1998, Post doctoral fellow, Northwestern University, 1998-2002
785-864-5075
5060 Haworth Hall

Structural and functional analysis of enzymes associated with iron uptake.

Dr. Mark Richter
Professor
(785) 864-3334
4031 Haworth

Structure and dynamics of the ATP synthase and other molecular machines.

Dr. Joanna Slusky
Assistant Professor
(785) 864-6506
200F Multidisciplinary Research Building

Exploring membrane protein folding through protein design, bioinformatics, and molecular biology.

Dr. Liang Tang
Associate Professor
(785) 864-5838
8041 Haworth

Structure, assembly, and dynamics of molecular complexes in viruses and bacteria.

Dr. Ilya Vakser
Professor, Director of the University of Kansas Center for Bioinformatics
(785) 864-1057
200A MRB

Molecular modeling in the context of structural genomics and bioinformatics.


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