Structural Biology

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ASU students are revolutionizing structural biology using femtosecond nanocrystallography, characterizing the structural properties of proteins in spider silk using high field NMR, using X-Ray crystallography to characterize critical protein/RNA and protein/carbohydrate complexes responsible for disease, connecting protein structure to biological function, and combining NMR, computation and biophysics to describe the dynamical structure of membrane-bound proteins in action.

 

Faculty

Po-Lin Chiu
Assistant Professor

electron microscopy, cryo-EM, electron crystallography, membrane protein, structural biology, signal processing, image processing

Petra Fromme
Regents Professor, Paul V. Galvin Professor

Structural biochemistry and biophysics, membrane proteins, X-Ray crystallography, photosynthesis, molecular biology

Wei Liu
Assistant Professor

Biophysics, Drug Design, X-Ray Crystallography, G Protein–Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), Membrane Proteins, Lipidic Cubic Phase (LCP), Protein-Protein Interactions/Complexes, Protein Functions

Wade Van Horn
Associate Professor

Membrane proteins, Solution NMR, Structural biology, Biophysical Chemistry, Enzymology, Electrophysiology, Computational structural biology, Ion channels, Membrane enzymes

Rebekka Wachter
Professor

Protein post-translational modifications, Macromolecular X-ray crystallography, Protein-based chromophores, Enzyme mechanisms

Xu Wang
Associate Professor

Biochemistry, NMR, protein, carbohydrate, glycan, glycosaminoglycan, protein structure, protein-carbohydrate interactions

Jeffery Yarger
Professor

Solid-state NMR and MRI, soft matter research, disordered materials, biopolymers, battery and fuel cell materials, polyamorphism, nano-materials, high-pressure chemistry, quantum computation, laser scattering spectroscopy, neutron, electron and xray diffraction of amorphous materials