Computational Chemistry in Biology Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Arthur Roberts (audie@uga.edu)

Computational Chemistry in Biology (CCB) encompasses research groups that use computer software to solve problems and generate hypotheses in biology. Computer studies from members in this group can be completely theoretical or can be driven using experimental data. Research may involve calculating the quantum mechanical states of an intermediate to better understand an enzymatic reaction. A member of this group may use molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate biological motion or energy minimization (EM) to determine the lowest energy state of a biomolecule. Faculty in this group may use molecular docking techniques for virtual drug screening or use protein homology modeling to predict a protein structure.

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Maria Belen Cassera

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Metabolomic approaches applied to drug target selection and validation in human pathogens;
discovery and development of new chemotherapeutic interventions.
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Takahiro Ito

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and cellular biology of normal and malignant stem cells.

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Eileen Kennedy

Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Chemical biology, kinase signaling, cancer, signal transduction, drug discovery.

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Richard Morrison

Associate Professor
Chemistry

Development of synthetic organic methodologies to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Microwave-promoted synthesis of bioactive amines.

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Scott Pegan

Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Antibiotic & antiviral drug discovery, assay development, enzymology,
and structural biology, regulation of innate immune responses.

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Robert Phillips

Professor
Chemistry;
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Enzymes involved in amino acid, especially tryptophan, metabolism which may be drug
targets for cancer, hypertension and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Arthur Roberts

Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Toxciology

Development of high-throughput structural biology tools, biophysical methods,
NMR, and computer-aided drug-design to investigate drug-protein
interactions and human disease.

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John Rose

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

X-ray structural biology, the mitochondrial inner membrane space transport system,
structure based vaccine and therapeutic design, improved/automated methods for
synchrotron SAD data collection and structure determination.

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Heinz-Bernd Schüttler

Professor
Bioinformatics

Computational biology, functional genomics, kinetics of biochemical reaction networks.

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Eva-Maria Strauch

Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

Protein design and engineering, design of anti-virals and immunogens,
protein chemistry and re-purposing of viral surface proteins,
computational biology

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Lianchun Wang

Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The regulatory function and related structure of heparan sulfate proteoglycan in angiogenesis, Alzheimer`s disease and Cancer

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Steven E. Wheeler

Associate Professor
Chemistry

Computational organic chemistry, focusing on non-covalent interactions, asymmetric catalysis,
and drug design.
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Robert Woods

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Immunological carbohydrate-protein interactions studied by computational simulation and experimental methods.

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Shaying Zhao

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Cancer genomics; human junk DNA; genomic instability.

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Y. George Zheng

Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Chemical biology, epigenetics and chromatin, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery,
organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, posttranslational modification,
molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, and bioinformatics.

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