Structural Task Force

Alexander Matthew Payne

Chemical Biology Ph.D. Student

Alex is a Ph.D. student interested in understanding how proteins move! He has recently joined the labs of John Chodera and Richard Hite to work on a joint project involving molecular dynamics and Cryo-EM. His goal is to generate conformational ensembles from Cryo-EM data and simulate the ensemble using massive scale molecular dynamics via Folding@Home. He is also excited by the opportunity to bring scientists from different backgrounds together around the common goal of fighting the virus and is eager to help communicate that scientific knowledge to everyone he can!

Posts of Alexander Matthew Payne

Rage Against the Machine with Remdesivir

Introduction Have you heard that the coronavirus “mutates”? Or that there are “several strains” of it around the world? Sounds scary, right? However, the reality is that everything “mutates”. All organisms, over time, acquire differences in their genes, from bacteria to humans. You might be aware that this can happen when your DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) […]
The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel

Babelian SARS-CoV-2 confusion

There is a secret code that virologists use to talk about the new coronavirus. This code is made up of synonymous words and abbreviations for each of the 28 proteins which facilitate the viral life cycle. In this article, we will shed some light on this mythical language. First of all, SARS-CoV-2 has three classes […]
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