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Research in the group of Charles L. Brooks III in the Department of Chemistry and Biophysics Program at the University of Michigan is focused on the application of statistical mechanics, quantum chemistry and computational methods to chemically and physically oriented problems in biology. Current research interests include:

  • multi-scale modeling applied to dynamics and assembly of complex biological assemblies, e.g., viruses, ribosome, myosin
  • development of constant pH molecular dynamics with applications to pH dependent conformational changes: folding, unfolding and aggregation of proteins and nucleic acids
  • RNA structure, function and folding processes using all atom and coarse-grained models
  • free energy based methods for inhibitor screening and optimization, including lambda-dynamics, ligand docking, protein stability and continuum based free energy approximations
  • coupling between protein motion and enzyme catalysis in DHFR, AdK, DNA polymerases, including QM/MM investigations of enzyme catalysis
  • coarse-grained modeling of molecular machines: ribosome, viruses, helicases
  • development of new polarizable force fields for proteins, lipids and small molecules
  • protein folding using all atom and simplified off lattice models, including unfolded states of proteins
  • protein structure prediction, ab initio folding, homology modeling

In addition, we are oversee the development and support of the CHARMM molecular mechanics and modeling software. Our efforts in software development focus on new methods for the problems noted above and high performance computing on large parallel and distributed supercomputers, including accelerated molecular dynamics using GPUs.


September 15, 2014 - Mina Jafari Joins The Group As A Chemistry Rotation Student
Welcome Mina, we look forward to a productive semester!
September 11, 2014 - Congratulations to Shanshan (Sunshine) on delivering a fantastic thesis!

Sunshine (and daughter) gave an outstanding thesis defense talk. We wish her the best as she launches the next stages of her career and life as a parent and researcher in Singapore. We will miss you Sunshine.
September 2, 2014 - Welcome To New Brooks Group Postdoc Alex Morriss-Andrews
Alex joins us from UCSB where he completed his Ph.D. with Joan Shea. We look forward to Alex's productivity and interactivity. Welcome Alex!
August 28, 2014 - Congratulations to Tony on an exceptional thesis defense

We will all miss Tony as he moves on to postdoctoral studies at Duke. We congratulate him on his outstanding thesis and defense. His champagne bottle joins the others in anticipation of more great things to come. Keep in touch Tony, we’ll miss you!
August 13, 2014 - Charlie welcomes newest group member

Grandpa Charlie with his new (and first) granddaughter Madison Grace. He's telling her about protein folding!
August 5, 2014 - Congratulations To Sean And Xiancheng - Moving On To New Positions
We will bid a fond adieu to Sean and Xiancheng as they transition to new positions at TD Ameritrade Advanced Technology and Innovation Center (Ann Arbor, MI) and IBM Watson Research Center (Cambridge, MA), respectively. Good luck in your new careers! We'll miss you:-)!
July 7, 2014 - Karunesh Publishes Work In Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A.!
This collaborative work examined frustration in the folding of the CheY protein through the innovative use of coarse-grained simulations to study circular permutants of CheY. Congratulations, Karunesh!

July 7, 2014 - Sean And Jessica Publish In Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A.!
Their work, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Anna Mapp, presented novel methods for studying allostery using a coarse-grained model and provided new insights into the allosteric regulation of IDPs. Congratulations, Sean and Jessica!

July 4, 2014 - Congratulations To Xiancheng And Dai On The Birth Of Their Daughter!
Liyi (栎伊), was born on Independence Day , weighing in at 7lb 2oz!

July 1, 2014 - Xinqiang Ding Joins The Group As A New Graduate Student
Welcome to the group, Xinqiang!
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