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Past NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow

Yi Mao

Yi Mao photo. Dates: August 2009 – October 2011

Project Title: Multiscale simulations of biomolecular systems

As a NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow, Yi Mao (Ph.D Physical Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2000) developed mathematical theories and algorithms to construct and integrate modeling and simulation at different scales for biomolecular systems. In particular, Mao focused on the enzymatic protein's role in biological energy production and the physical principles that drive protein evolution. Upon completing her fellowship at NIMBioS, Dr. Mao accepted a position as a senior fellow in the Department of Genome Sciences at the Univ. of Washington-Seattle.

NIMBioS Seminar: Dynamic modeling of proteins: physical basis for molecular evolution

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Video Interview: The evolution of proteins

Publications while at NIMBioS

Mao Y. 2011. Dynamical Basis for Drug Resistance of HIV-1 Protease. BMC Structural Biology. Published [online] 8 July 2011.

Mao, Y. 2011. Dynamics studies of luciferase using elastic network model: how the sequence distribution of luciferase determines its color. Protein Engineering & Design Selection 2011, 24:341-349. [Online]

Presentations while at NIMBioS

Center for Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science (DIMACS), Rutgers University, 2011

University of Washington-Seattle, October 2011

University of Texas at El Paso, July 2011

Georgia Institute of Technology, March 2011

Biocomplexity Institute, University of Indiana, August 2010

Duke University, July 2010

Conference on Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics, New Jersey Institute of Technology, June 2011 and May 2010

Q-bio Conference on Cellular Information Processing, Santa Fe, August 2011 and August 2010

Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, July 2010

The International School and Conference on Network Science, Boston, May 2010

Participation in NIMBioS Activities: Mao participated the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Synchrony in Biological Systems Across Scales and the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Graph Theory and Biological Networks

Collaborators: Jennifer Prescher (Chemistry, University of California-Irvine) on project, Engineering novel bioluminescence tools in biomedical research

Education, Outreach and Training

Mao gave a bioinformatics seminar (April 2011), Dynamic simulation of proteins: exploring the relationship between protein structure and function at Department of Mathematical Sciences, Univ. of Texas-El Paso, a minority-serving institution.

Mao participated NIMBioS Interdisciplinary Seminars; NIMBioS discussions on job search and interviews for postdocs; and grant-writing workshops organized by Office of Research, University of Tennessee

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From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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