Justin Siegel

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Assistant Professor

Departments

Chemistry
UC Davis Genome Center
Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Offices and Labs

GBSF 1402
530-752-9910

Degrees

2011 Ph.D. Biochemistry University of Washington,
2005 B.S. Biochemistry UC Davis,

Research Interests

Computational Enzyme Design

My scientific efforts are focused on combining computational and experimental tools to develop a fundamental knowledge of enzyme catalysis, and applying those principles to design novel proteins of therapeutic or commercial interest. Currently I am working with an international community on the development of Rosetta computational methodology for predicting and designing macromolecular structures, interactions, and functions. Using this methodology I have completed the de novo design of enzymes capable of catalyzing chemical reactions not found in nature, such as the Diels-Alder reaction. This was followed up by working with an online community, Foldit, to further engineer these proteins for enhanced activity. Most recently I have worked on the redesign of naturally occurring enzymes for the degradation of immunogenic gluten proteins, to develop a novel CO2 fixation pathways, and design of a novel anthrax therapeutic. My current focus is on the design of novel biofuel and commodity chemical biosynthetic pathways, the development of novel therapeutics, and the general understanding of the relationship between protein sequence, structure, and function.

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Integrated Genetics and Genomics
Biophysics

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Chemistry