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Arrival of a new faculty member, Joanna Slusky

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Joanna Slusky

The Center for Bioinformatics welcomes its new Assistant Professor, Joanna Slusky, who will have a joint appointment in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. Joanna’s research focuses on discovering the principles of membrane protein folding. Joanna graduated magna cum laude in chemistry from Princeton University. While there she synthesized superconductors and geometrically frustrated magnets that resulted in her co-authoring 5 papers in Nature. She then switched gears to membrane protein design and completed her PhD in Bill DeGrado's lab at the University of Pennsylvania. As an NSF graduate research fellow, Joanna designed the first peptides to bind to specifically to the transmembrane region of proteins. Following her PhD, Joanna continued to study membrane proteins over the course of two postdoctoral appointments. The first was a Human Frontier Science Program postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Gunnar von Heijne at Stockholm University where she studied membrane protein topology determination. Her second postdoc was with Roland Dunbrack at Fox Chase Cancer Center where she began her studies of outer membrane proteins.

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