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Christopher Snow, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Primary College

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The research within my group focuses on computer-guided protein and DNA engineering, particularly the engineering of crystals. We are exploring applications of these crystals for catalysis, biosensing, drug delivery, information storage, and structural biology. Porous crystalline scaffolds allow us to build new materials with unprecedented control (~1 nm) over the spatial positioning of functional domains. By building tough new functional materials entirely out of protein and DNA new possibilities arise (e.g. edible sensors or synthetic DNA marking materials). We also aim to develop new methodology for reliable computational protein engineering, and to apply these methods to develop new enzymes. Where possible, we take advantage of our expertise in molecular simulation to validate protein/nucleic acid design prior to experimental testing.

Innovator Patents

US10590176B2: Engineered programmable molecular scaffolds from porous protein crystals.

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