Raquel L. Lieberman, Ph.D.

Title
Associate Professor
Department
School of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Institution
Georgia Institute of Technology
Address
901 Atlantic Drive NW
City, State, Zip
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone
(404) 385-3663
E-mail
raquel.lieberman[at]chemistry.gatech.edu
Website
http://www.chemistry.gatech.edu/people/lieberman/raquel
Research Field
Structural Biology
Award Year
2010

Research

Eukaryotic cells employ several mechanisms to maintain homeostasis, and if these systems are mis-regulated, changes in metabolite concentrations or protein production/folding eventually lead to a host of diseases. In addition, some of these pathways exist in and are exploited by bacterial pathogens and viruses to gain entry into eukaryotic cells. We seek to understand the details of structure, function, and mechanism of proteins involved in these highly regulated pathways, focusing on enzymes that perform hydrolysis reactions in an unexpected chemical environment: within lipid membrane or near the surface of membranes. Our methods focus on protein crystallography, biochemical and biophysical characterization, in silico modeling, and drug design.