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The COVID19 pandemic has resulted in massive pain and distress to all aspects of human life. A key viral element for effective infection is the surface protein, spike (the Corona), which has been a major target for drug development against the virus. Using multimicrosecond simulations with NAMD and analyzed with VMD, we show that glycosylations of the spike, which are known to shield the protein from most antibodies, also equip the protein with a larger range of motion, thus making it more effective in search of human receptors. Read more about the story in this U. of I. News and in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Future of Biomolecular Modeling

A 2015 TCBG Symposium brought together scientists from across the Midwest to brainstorm about what's on the horizon for computational modeling. See a summary of what these experts foresee. Read more

Quantum Biology and Polyenes-When Theorists and Experimentalists Unite

Starting with a discovery at Harvard in 1971 of a hidden state, Klaus Schulten spent a large portion of his career demystifying the polyenes, versatile molecules central to vision and photosynthesis. By Lisa Pollack. Read more


Multiple VMD/NAMD research programmer positions availableUI News:Spike Protein Flexibility Enhanced by Post-translational Modifications in Human CellsResearch Programmer Position AvailableCongratulations to Defne Gorgun for securing Beckman Institue fellowship



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