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Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Houston, Texas

A BCM research lab.
Structural and Computational Biology & Molecular Biophysics
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Richard Willson, Ph.D.

Richard Willson, Ph.D.

John and Rebecca Moores Professor

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Biology & Biochemistry,and Biomedical Engineering

University of Houston

Affiliate of TMHRI


B.S. & M.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1982
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988

Research Interests:

Biomolecular recognition, and its applications in separations and molecular diagnostics.

Selected Publications:

  • Cacao EE, Nasrullah A, Sherlock T, Kemper S, Kourentzi K, Ruchhoeft P, Stein GE and Willson RC. High-Resolution, High-Throughput, Positive-Tone Patterning of Poly(ethylene glycol) by Helium Beam Exposure through Stencil Masks. PLoS One, 8(5):e56835 (2013). PubMed
  • Litvinov J, Wang YJ, George J, Chinwangso P, Brankovic S, Willson RC and Litvinov D. Development of Pinhole-Free Amorphous Aluminum Oxide Protective Layers for Biomedical Device Applications. Surf Coat Technol, 224:101-108 (2013). PubMed
  • Kanakaraj I, Chen WH, Poongavanam M, Dhamane S, Stagg LJ, Ladbury JE, Kourentzi K, Strych U and Willson RC. Biophysical characterization of VEGF-aHt DNA aptamer interactions. Int J Biol Macromol, 57:69-75 (2013). PubMed
  • Vu BV, Anthony KL, Strych U and Willson RC. Recovery of small DNA fragments from serum using compaction precipitation. PLoS One, 7(12)e51863 (2012). PubMed
  • Pollet J, Strych U and Willson RC. A peroxidase-active aptazyme as an isothermally amplifiable label in an aptazyme-linked oligonucleotide assay for low-picomolar IgE detection. Analyst, 137(24):5710-2 (2012). PubMed
  • Daniels CR, Kisley L, Kim H, Chen WH, Poongavanam MV, Reznik C, Kourentzi K, Willson RC and Landes CF. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy study of protein transport and dynamic interactions with clustered-charge peptide adsorbents. J Mol Recognit, 25(8):435-42 (2012). PubMed
  • Litvinov J, Nasrullah A, Sherlock T, Wang YJ, Ruchhoeft P and Willson RC. High-throughput top-down fabrication of uniform magnetic particles. PLoS One, 7(5):e37440 (2012). PubMed

For more publications, see listing on PubMed.

Contact Information:

Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Address: S222 Engineering Bldg. 1
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Ave.
Houston, Texas 77204-4004
Phone: 713-743-4308
Fax: 713-743-4323
Additional Links: University of Houston

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