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Zaida A. Luthey-Schulten

Professor, Chemistry and Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois
600 South Mathews Avenue M/C 712
Urbana, IL  61801

(217) 333-3518

Biographical Information

Professor Schulten received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1969, a M.S. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1975. From 1975 to 1980 she was a Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, and from 1980 to 1985 a Research Fellow in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Munich.


  • Energy Landscapes of Biological Molecules Exploring the Evolution of Structure Function/Folding
  • Evolution of Translation
  • Origins of Life
  • Physical Bioinformatics
  • Prediction of Protein Structure and Function with QR profiles
  • Docking with Steered Molecular Dynamics (SMD)
  • VMD/Multiple Alignment: Evolutionary Analysis Tools
  • Protein Folding: Hybrid Molecular Dynamics

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Selected Publications

  1. E. Roberts, J.E. Stone, L. Sepulveda, W.W. Hwu, and Z. Luthey-Schulten Long time-scale simulations of in vivo diffusion using GPU hardware In The Eighth IEEE International Workshop on High-Performance Computational Biology, May 2009
  2. E. Roberts, A. Sethi, J. Montoya, C.R. Woese, and Z. Luthey-Schulten Molecular signatures of ribosomal evolution Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 105(37):13953-8, 2008
  3. J. Eargle, A. Black, A. Sethi, L. Trabuco, and Z. Luthey-Schulten Dynamics of recognition between tRNA and Elongation Factor Tu J Mol Biol, 377(5):1382-405, 2008
  4. D.C. Mathew and Z. Luthey-Schulten On the physical basis of the amino acid polar requirement J Mol Evol 66(5):519-28, 2008
  5. T.V. Pogorelov, F. Autenrieth, E. Roberts, and Z. Luthey-Schulten Cytochrome c2 exit strategy: dissociation studies and evolutionary implications J Phys Chem B, 111(3):618-634, 2007
  6. R. Amaro, A. Sethi, R. Myers, Jo V Davisson, and Z. Luthey-Schulten A network of conserved interactions regulates the allosteric signal in a glutamine amidotransferase Biochemistry, 46(8):2156-2173, 2007