Publication in Nature Communications
Our work was recently featured in Nature Communications (link). In this recent publication, we explore why proteins bind to gold nanoparticles and develop a predictive algorithm for identifying the most likely protein surface of interaction. It's great collaborative work by Joanna Xu and Md. Siddik Alom, and it demonstrates what we do best: Using experimental data to develop better physical models for understanding practical problems in the biomedical sciences. Our work is relevant for biofilm-related infections, food safety, and nanoparticle-based drugs. If you would like to know more, contact us!
The Fitzkee lab is always looking for undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs interested in NMR spectroscopy, protein structure, and computer modeling. Active projects include the understanding of phase-separation in disordered elastin-like polypeptides, understanding the biophysics of protein-nanoparticle interactions, and studying the behavior of bacterial surface proteins involved in biofilm formation. Undergraduate students should be enthusiastic about learning protein biochemistry skills - you don't need extensive coursework, just an interest in learning. Graduate student applicants should be passionate about science and have a strong mathematical background. Postdoctoral fellows should have a strong work ethic and a track record of publication from their graduate work and prior postdocs (if applicable). Programming experience is not required, but it is a huge plus for both types of positions. Above all, we value curiosity and inquisitiveness, because science is really cool! Contact Nick Fitzkee (contact info) if you want to join!.