Structural Biology

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Structural Biology integrates research areas that aim to visualize the architecture of biomolecules at high resolution, study the dynamics of biomolecules, and elucidate the mechanisms behind fundamental processes for organelles, cells, tissues, organs, and organisms. The Structural Biology groups at UGA combine advanced techniques such as cryogenic Electron Microscopy (cryo-EM), X-ray crystallography, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), advanced computational techniques, mass spectroscopy and other biophysical methods.

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Barb, Adam W.

Adam W. Barb Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Our goal is to define the impact of protein post-translational modifications on structure and function in the immune system. Website

Edison, Arthur

Arthur Edison Professor GRA Eminent Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Genetics Metabolomics and systems biology of Caenorhabditis elegans using NMR, mass spec, and computational approaches. Website

Kannan, Natarajan

Natarajan Kannan Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics Evolutionary systems biology; protein kinase signaling in plants, pathogens and microbes. Evolution and classification of glycoenzymes. Website

Lanzilotta, William

William Lanzilotta Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology The mechanisms of metalloproteins involved in radical generation, oxidative stress protection, as well as heme synthesis, sensing, aquisition and transport. Website

Medlock, Amy

Amy Medlock Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Understanding intracellular and intercellular heme transport. Website

Moremen, Kelley

Kelley Moremen Distinguished Research Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Biochemistry, molecular, and structural biology of mammalian glycoprotein biosynthesis and catabolism. Website

Perez, Camilo

Camilo Perez Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Our research aims to elucidate the mechanism of membrane transporters, flippases, and polymerases involved in bacterial cell wall biosynthesis, unravel how their function influences bacterial adaptation, discover inhibitory molecules for the development of new antimicrobials, and repurpose the activity of these proteins for applications in the synthesis …

Phillips, Robert

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. Website

Prestegard, James

James Prestegard Professor Emeritus, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to the characterization of biologically important systems. Website

Rose, John

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. Website

Urbanowicz, Breeanna

Breeanna Urbanowicz Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Complex Carbohydrate Research Center Structure and function of enzymes involved in plant polysaccharide biosynthesis and modification with the long term goal to develop pathway engineering or targeted genomics approaches for enhanced production of bio-materials, -products, and -fuels. Website

Urbauer, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Urbauer Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Chemistry Structural biology of transcription regulation, steroid hormone activation and breast cancer. Website

Wang, B.C.

Bi-Cheng Wang Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Structure-function studies by X-ray diffraction, transcription proteins, structural genomics, phasing methods. Website

Wang, Yifan

Yifan Wang Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry Catalytic mechanisms and structure-function correlations of metalloenzymes; biomedically essential oxygenases Website

West, Christopher M.

Christopher M. West Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Oxygen- and glycosylation-dependent regulation of polyubiquitin ligases in Dictyostelium and Toxoplasma gondii; Glycobiology of protozoa. Website

Wood, Zachary

Zachary Wood Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology X-ray crystallographic and biochemical studies of nucleotide sugar metabolism. Website

Woods, Robert

Robert Woods Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Immunological carbohydrate-protein interactions studied by computational simulation and experimental methods. Website

Xie, Zhong-Ru (Paul)

Zhong-Ru (Paul) Xie Assistant Professor Bioinformatics Computational drug discovery, simulation model, new computational tools for drug design Website