The focus of our laboratory is structural bioinformatics. We are currently involved in several projects on this topic, mainly the use of NMR spectroscopy as a tool for macromolecular characterization and molecular structure as an aid to bioinformatics.
Particular projects include the development of CONNJUR (connjur.uchc.edu) – an open source integration platform for biomolecular NMR data processing; utilizing non-uniform sampling techniques and the use of maximum entropy methods for spectral reconstruction; and the development of a database of short linear motifs which confer specific functions to proteins (mnm.engr.uconn.edu). NMR studies involve DNA repair proteins of relatively large molecular weight for NMR spectroscopy (20-70 kDa). Current methods to overcome the difficulties inherent in studying these large systems include extensive labeling using stable isotopes and the use of TROSY-based pulse sequences. A critical mission of the lab is the facility approach to NMR, such that as advancements are made, they are tailored for ease-of-use both internally and externally when possible.
--CONNJUR NMR Software Integration
--Structural Biology Facility
--Structural Biology Tools