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Austin Meyer, PhD, MS

MS IV at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Welcome!

I am a computational biologist and medical student. My research focuses primarily on understanding and predicting the evolution of viral proteins and on protein molecular evolution in general. Specifically, I am interested in identifying and quantifying the forces driving the evolution of viruses and how that plays out in the population. In addition, I am interested in finding ways to predict the molecular evolution and population dynamics of viruses. These days I do entirely computational work.

For my master's research, I crystallized and solved the structure of C2 domains in synaptotagmin with calcium in the binding pocket. For my doctoral research, I implemented molecular evolutionary models of protein evolution and used them to show that simple protein geometry is a major determinant of influenza virus evolution. As a postdoctoral fellow, I focused on identifying constraints that predict further evolution of the influenza hemagglutinin and neuraminidase proteins. I also do some work to understand how protein energetics can be used to simulate the evolutionary dynamics of proteins, and occasionally (with little success) try to predict specific adaptive mutations.

To find out about my research interests, and the projects I am currently working on, visit the research page. That page will be revamped shortly.

Follow me on twitter @austingmeyer.




Affiliations

School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, The University of Texas at Austin

Lab of Dr. Claus Wilke at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lab of Dr. Bryan Sutton at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

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New Website

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