Welcome to the Brooks Group Website!

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 27, 2017 - Applications Programmer Needed In Brooks Group
The Brooks Group is interested in hiring an applications programmer to work with the CHARMM development team to implement CHARMM functionality on high performance computing platforms, GPUs and parallel architectures. (Link)
August 18, 2017 - Xinqiang, Ryan And Jonah All Present At DC ACS Meeting
Xinqiang, Ryan and Jonah will each present talks on their current research at the ACS National meeting in DC next week on M, T and W. See you in the audience!
August 18, 2017 - Elena Laricheva Accepts Faculty Position, Congratulations!
Former Brooks group postdoc Elena Laricheva accepted a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Utah Valley University. Big congrats from Brooks group! (Link)
August 10, 2017 - Congratulations To Xinqiang, He's Married!
Xinqiang returned from vacation as married person, knock me over with a feather. Congratulations!!!
August 3, 2017 - Tricia Wins Support On Bioinformatics Training Grant
Congrats to Tricia for being selected to be supported on the Bioinformatics Training Grant for a second year!
July 23, 2017 - Congratulations To Tricia On Her Recent Nuptials
The Brooks group congratulates Tricia on her wedding. Enjoy your post wedding holidays.
July 10, 2017 - Welcome Sara Tweedy To The Brooks Lab
MD/PhD Student Sara Tweedy begins her PhD work in the lab today. Welcome aboard Sara!
June 26, 2017 - Brooks Lab Welcome New Postdoc Hedieh Torabifard
New postdoc Hedieh joins the lab today. Welcome Hedi!
May 19 2017 - Congratulations To Charlie for being named a Distinguished University Professor !
Congratulations to Charlie for being one of seven faculty members named Distinguished University Professors! Seven faculty members have received one of the University of Michigan's top honors as Distinguished University Professors. The Board of Regents approved the appointments on Thursday. They are effective Sept. 1. Recently appointed DUPs are invited to give an inaugural lecture that highlights their work at the university. The lecture is typically delivered during the first or second full year of their appointments.
December 2016 - Congratulations To Jonah And Michele On The Birth Of Gabriel

A new Brooks group member as Jonah and Michele gave birth to a new son, Gabriel, born 5#15oz. Mom and son are doing well. Best wishes to you all as you settle in with your expanded family.
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