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Lab retreat at Pack Forest

Many members of the lab recently gathered at the Pack Forest Center in Eastonwille, Washington for three days of dining, hiking, and fun. The weather was hot — but that didn’t stop us from celebrating our time together and enjoying our beautiful state!

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SCI-STEM Symposium 2020

The Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington held the second symposium aimed at providing strategies to address diversity challenges in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Strategies for Cultivating Inclusion in STEM (SCI-STEM) symposium featured leading keynote speakers, panel discussions, and interactive breakout sessions. Members of the STEM community at all …

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Congrats, Dr Nattermann!

Baker lab graduate student Una Nattermann defended today! Her talk titled “A Hierarchical Approach To The Design Of Protein Crystals” was attended by friends and family as well as current and former members of the lab.  

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Congrats, Dr Harley Pyles!

Baker lab graduate student Harley Pyles defended today! His talk was titled “Controlling Protein Assembly on a Mineral Surface with Designed Interfaces.” You can read more about his work here.

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Congrats, Dr. Chidyausiku!

   Baker lab graduate student Tamuka Chidyausiku successfully defended today! His talk was titled “Structural Insights from Beta-Sandwich Proteins Inform the Design of De novo Immunoglobulin Domains.” Congratulations, Dr. Muk!

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Congrats, Drs. Klima & Shen!

Baker lab graduate students Jason Klima and Hao Shen successfully defended this week! Jason’s doctoral work focused on the design of mini fluorescence-activating proteins as pH and calcium biosensors. Hao’s work focused on the de novo design of self-assembling helical protein filaments. We are so proud of both of these outstanding doctors!

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Congrats, Dr. Basanta!

Baker lab graduate student Benjamin Basanta successfully defended his thesis today! He was joined by his parents, who flew in from Argentina. By applying machine learning tools, Benja has greatly expanded the repertoire of available de novo designed proteins bearing pockets.

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Congrats, Dr. Koepnick!

Baker lab graduate student Brian Koepnick successfully defended his thesis today! Brian has helped a community of over 700,000 citizen scientists gain access to advanced tools for protein design through his work with Foldit.

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