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(c) 2002 BMO


Prof. Kristina Woods PhD
Guest-Professor
 In my research I use THz (TeraHertz) spectroscopy to explore picosecond time-scale global and local intermolecular associations in proteins and other biologically-relevant macromolecules. I combine experimental measurements with computational analyses to detect and characterize these thermally-induced, collective fluctuations that have been hypothesized to play a central role in driving biochemical reactions such as enzymatic activity, ligand binding, and protein-protein recognition interactions.

Selected Publications

Woods, K.N., Pfeffer, J., Dutta, A., Klein-Seetharaman, J. (2016). Vibrational resonance, allostery, and activation in rhodopsin-like G protein-coupled receptors. Scientific Reports 6, 37290.

Woods, K.N., Pfeffer, J. (2015). Using THz spectroscopy, evolutionary network analysis methods, and MD simulation to map the evolution of allosteric communication pathways in c-type lysozymes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33, 40-61. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv178

Woods, K.N. (2014). Using THz time-scale infrared spectroscopy to examine the role of collective, thermal fluctuations in the formation of myoglobin allosteric communication pathways and ligand specificity. Soft Matter 10(24), 4387-4402. doi: 10.1039/C3SM53229A

Woods, K.N. (2014) THz time scale structural rearrangements and binding modes in lysozyme-ligand interactions. Journal of Biological Physics 40(2), 121-137. doi:10.1007/s10867-014-9341-4

Woods, K.N. (2014) The glassy state of crambin and the THz time scale protein-solvent fluctuations possibly related to protein function. BMC Biophysics 7:8. doi:10.1186/s13628-014-0008-0

 
Room:L142
 
Phone:+49-89-2180-9252 (office)
 
E-mail:kristina.woods@physik.lmu.de
 
Homepage:http://knwoods.com/ (private)