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.

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

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)

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