ABOUT JUSTIN

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech. I have been a Hokie since 2003, when I began my undergraduate career. I completed my Ph.D. at Virginia Tech under the supervision of Prof. David Bevan, after which I was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Alex MacKerell at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Computer-Aided Drug Design Center.

When I'm not writing grants, papers, or preparing lecture materials, you'll probably find me spending time with my wife, Kelly, who is also a Hokie and a veterinarian here in Blacksburg, our two boys, and our dogs. I'm an avid guitarist and you will likely find me playing music that reinforces my students' perception that I am "old."

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EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Protein Misfolding and Amyloid Diseases

I am interested in understanding the driving forces behind protein unfolding and aggregation.

2013 - 2017

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Postdoctoral Fellow

G-Quadruplex Dynamics

We seek to understand the factors stabilizing non-canonical folds of DNA and RNA and the influence of ions.

Empirical Force Field Development

I am a developer of, and contributor to, the Drude polarizable force field.

Computer-Aided Drug Design

We are interested in applying computational tools to drug design and discovery.

2007 - 2012

Virginia Tech

Ph.D. Biochemistry

2003 - 2007

Virginia Tech

B.S. Biochemistry (In Honors)