Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Microbial Macromolecular Structure and Function

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In recent years, there has been an emergence of new strains of viruses, pathogenic bacteria and fungi, and protozoan parasites that threaten global health. Baylor College of Medicine has an exceptionally strong group of faculty who study medically important microbial pathogens. IM students have exciting opportunities to apply cutting-edge structural analysis techniques such as cryo-electron microscopy and tomography, X-ray crystallography, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy together with other biophysical techniques to define the 3D structures of macromolecules and how they interact with substrates and host proteins. Determining the structure-function relationship directs various aspects of microbial pathogenesis including how pathogens interact with the host cell, how they colonize, how they replicate and how they subvert the immune response. Furthermore, mechanistic understanding derived from structural work also forms a rational basis for developing new drugs and vaccines to prevent and treat diseases caused by microbial pathogens.

Baylor College of Medicine resources that support this research include the Protein Crystallographycryo-EM and NMR & drug metabolism cores as well as resources available at the National School of Tropical Medicine and the Center for Drug Discovery.

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Profiles of Faculty Working on Microbial Macromolecular Structure and Function

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First Name
Maria
Middle Name
Elena
Last Name
Bottazzi
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
First Name
Robert
Middle Name
Allen
Last Name
Britton
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Robert
Middle Name
M
Last Name
Bryan Jr
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Mary
Middle Name
K.
Last Name
Estes
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Distinguished Service Professor
First Name
Peter
Middle Name
Jay
Last Name
Hotez
Honorific Title
M.D., Ph.D.
Position
Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine
First Name
Joseph
Middle Name
Michael
Last Name
Hyser
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Anthony
Last Name
Maresso
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Timothy
Middle Name
Gerald
Last Name
Palzkill
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Chair/Professor
First Name
B
Middle Name
V Venkatar
Last Name
Prasad
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Buck
Last Name
Samuel
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Francis
Middle Name
T.F.
Last Name
Tsai
Honorific Title
D.Phil.
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Professor
First Name
E.
Middle Name
Lynn
Last Name
Zechiedrich
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair in Molecular Virology and Microbiology
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