Dynamic modeling of proteins: physical basis for molecular evolution

Mathematical Biology and Ecology Seminar
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 11:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Dynamic modeling of a coarse-grained elastic protein modelprovides an effective way of exploring the relationship between protein structure and function. In particular functionally important residues are identified by a variety of computational methods based on the fluctuation analysis. The results from the modeling provide great insights into how random mutagenesis of proteins can give rise to desired property (protein engineering of bioluminescence system) and how molecular physics constrains evolutionary pathways of proteins (emergence of drug resistance behaviors inHIV-1 protease).