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Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:protein dynamics, enzyme mechanism
Biography:Chu is interested in the functional and structural consequences of protein dynamics. Projects undertaken in his laboratory are aimed at using physics to achieve a quantitative understanding of biological molecules and enzyme mechanism. His current and recent research projects include the study of structural biology and kinetic crystallography; heme proteins (myoglobin, hemoglobin, cytochrome P450cam); energy transduction proteins (photosynthetic reaction centers from R. sphaeroides; and non-heme diiron proteins (ribonucleotide reductase from E.coli). He has published articles in several professional journals, including Nature Biochemistry and the Biophysics Journal.