Latest news:

August 2012: Graduate student Tim Connolly has joined the project. Welcome Tim!

July 2012: Graduate student Joshua Phillips successfully defended his dissertation on Validation of Computational Approaches for Studying Disordered and Unfolded Protein Dynamics Using Polymer Models. He will start in August at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Metropolis Postdoc Fellow.

Dimensionality reduction techniques like metric scaling (results shown below) prove to be an excellent tool for studying protein dynamics. Reducing the motion down to just three dimensions produces a visual interpretation of the underlying dynamics that allows for: (1) a clear understand of how quickly the protein changes shape, (2) a simple method for determining whether the protein is resampling previously visited shapes, and 3) a sense of what shapes are meta-stable for each protein.