Zaida (Zan) Luthey-Schulten

 Zaida Luthey-Schulten

Contact Information

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
A544 CLSL, Box 19-6
600 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Murchison-Mallory Endowed Chair in Chemistry
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Professor Schulten received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1969, a M.S. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1975. From 1975 to 1980 she was a Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, and from 1980 to 1985 a Research Fellow in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Munich.

Research Interests

  • Determining the rules of life for a minimal bacteria cell
  • GPU-based simulations of stochastic/deterministic processes in bacterial and eukaryal cells at biologically relevant length, time, and concentration scales
  • computational studies of biomolecular energy landscapes to explore the evolution of structure, folding and function; statistical methods of protein folding - thermodynamics and kinetics; design of optimized energy functions for protein structure prediction; structural genomics of metabolic pathways.

Research Description

Research: From Molecules to Cells - Whole Cell Simulations of Bacterial and Eukaryal Organisms, Rules of Life for a Minimal Cell,  Energy Landscapes of Biological Molecules, Exploring the Evolution of Structure, Function & Folding

 Lattice Microbes software for simulating hybrid stochastic-deterministic  dynamics of cellular processes

Essential networks of a minimal cell

Origins of life, Evolution of translation, Physical bioinformatics

VMD/Multiple Alignment: Evolutionary Analysis Tool

Prediction of protein structure and function with QR profiles

Docking with steered molecular dynamics (SMD)

Protein folding: hybrid molecular dynamics

Distinctions / Awards

  • Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry 2019
  • Fellow, Biophysical Society 2019
  • Fellow, Advanced Studies Institute, LMU Munich 2014
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2000
  • Fellow, Advanced Studies Institute, Hebrew University, Israel, 1998