Current Position: Associate Professor of Biology, Computer Science (Joint Appointment)
Office: JROWL - 3C07
Research Interests: My lab studies the folding of proteins via database modeling and simulation. Proteins contain in their primary sequence all of the information necessary to fold spontaneously into their respective three-dimensional structures. How is that information encoded? Knowledge of the protein folding pathways will lead to improved prediction of structure and function of unknown genes, and to better and more accurate approacheds to computational protein design, a field with enormous potential application and impact.
Other research interests involve sequence alignment, evolutionary models, and the modeling of evolving ecosystems.
Education Prof. Bystroff received his B.A. at Carleton College in 1983, and Ph.D. at University of California at San Diego in 1988.
Teaching: Sequence Analysis, Molecular Modeling, and X-Ray Crystallography
Current Students: Patrick Buck, Ravi Sood, Derek Pitman
Alumni: Yu Shao, Xin Yuan, Yao-ming Huang, Suzanne Matthews