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Watch David Baker speak at the PDB 50 Year Anniversary

The Protein Data Bank (PDB), an archive of free macromolecular structural data, recently marked its 50th birthday. To celebrate, Biophysical Society hosted a virtual symposium, highlighting some of the high-impact applications of protein structural data, with a particular focus on the areas of structure prediction and membrane protein biophysics. At the event, David Baker shared …

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David Baker on Behind the Tech podcast

David Baker recently joined Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott for Behind the Tech, a podcast that goes behind-the-scenes with today’s most innovative tech leaders. Listen via the Tweet below: Dr. David Baker is a professor of biochemistry and the director of @UWProteinDesign at the University of Washington, where his team is working to create novel …

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trRosetta yields structures for every protein family

The field of protein structure prediction has greatly advanced in recent years thanks to increasingly accurate deep-learning methods. A new such method, called trRosetta developed at the Institute for Protein Design, has now made thousands of protein structures available via EMBL-EBI’s Pfam and InterPro data resource. More than 6300 protein structures have been predicted in this way and are now available …

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Mini proteins, big impact: a profile of Gabriel Rockin

After fundamentally changing how we design proteins at the IPD, Gabe will soon start his own lab at Northwestern’s Center for Synthetic Biology in Chicago.   In the 1990s, Silicon Valley produced a lot of computer nerds. Gabriel Rocklin admits he was one of them. But perhaps because he fit the computer nerd stereotype so …

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Binding wunderkind: a profile of Franziska Seeger

After designing one of the most therapeutically promising synthetic proteins to date, Franzi will be taking her many talents to Amazon.   In college, Franziska Seeger spent almost all her free time pulling genetic material out of human brain tissue and blood. As a volunteer at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany, she …

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Lab meeting? SNOWBALL FIGHT.

Snow usually doesn’t stick around long in Seattle, so when members of the lab discovered that the overnight dusting was more serious than usual — and that it would last well into the afternoon — the normally scheduled 3pm lab meeting was called of so that scores could be settled in the cold. Or maybe it …

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David selected for 2018 Hans Neurath Award

The Protein Society has selected David Baker as this year’s Hans Neurath Award winner. The award recognizes “a recent contribution of unusual merit to basic protein science.” The Society writes that David’s breakthroughs “reduce to practice what was for many decades the holy grail of protein science: fundamental understanding of the determinants of protein structure …

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In case you missed it…

Protein design was a Science magazine runner up breakthrough of the year:  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/12/ai-protein-folding-our-breakthrough-runners (We got beat out by gravitational waves).  

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Undergrads Being Scientists!

On Friday, May 20, 2016, three of our undergrads participated in the 19th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Tessa Howard, Kara Lau, and Vanessa Nguyen presented posters on projects/topics stemming from their work done in our labs. We’d like to recognize the excellent job they did on their presentations! Please see below for their titles and …

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