Donald DoyleSchool of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA F1000 Faculty Member (since 03 February 2005)
Assistant Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
BS, Purdue University
PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute-University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Nuclear hormone receptors control the expression of genes in response to small molecule hormones. In performing this activity, the receptors must specifically recognize small molecules, DNA, and other proteins. The amino acids that recognize each of these substrates are varied using genetic engineering techniques until a receptor with novel recognition is created. The original and new receptors are studied using a variety of biophysical techniques to elucidate the principles behind the new activity. This exercise provides both new knowledge for future protein engineering and real materials for research and medical applications.
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