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, PhD, UMBC 1998, Post Doc, Scripps Research Institute, CA
(785) 864-4923
ISB 3116

Structures and molecular interactions of virulence proteins

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

Molecular Mechanisms of Chlamydia Pathogenesis

Dr. Erik Holmstrom
Assistant Professor, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Zurich, 2014-2018, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014
(785) 864-3847
3007 Haworth Hall

Single-molecule biophysical studies of RNA-protein interactions

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

Modeling of protein structure, dynamics and interactions.

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

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

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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