Associate Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe recently presented a seminar detailing the progress his research laboratory has made in understanding the ways in which small molecules bind to the influenza protein neuraminidase.
“Development of a multi-scale sampling methodology to examine the favored ligand binding pathways of influenza neuraminidase” was part of a week-long symposium during the 251st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego. Van Wynsberghe discussed work performed by several Hamilton students and alumni including Jeremy Adelman ’13, Alvin Wu ’13, Dan Mermelstein ’14, Leah Krause ’14 and Pat Marris ’16. The symposium, “Computer Simulations of Thermodynamics and Long-Time Kinetics of Molecular Events,” was organized by the physical chemistry division of the ACS.
The Van Wynsberghe research group uses computational and theoretical techniques to study protein-ligand binding and the functional implications of protein dynamics. The group’s general goals are to use chemical and physical principles to understand interesting problems in biochemistry and biophysics.