Columbus Labs

The research aims of the Columbus laboratory are two-fold:

  1. To address the challenges in membrane protein structural biology

  2. To investigate the structural determinants of bacterial pathogen - host interactions mediated by membrane proteins.

Specifically, the structures of neisserial Opa proteins, which interact with host proteins and are directly involved in bacterial pathogenesis, are of interest.

However, in order to investigate the structure of these proteins, as well as the complexes with the host receptors, methods for accelerating structure determination are being developed. [Read more→]

Recent Publications

  • Modulating Vascular Hemodynamics With an Alpha Globin Mimetic Peptide (HbαX).»

    The ability of hemoglobin to scavenge the potent vasodilator nitric oxide (NO) in the blood has been well established as a mechanism of vascular tone homeostasis. In endothelial cells, the alpha chain of hemoglobin (hereafter, alpha globin) and endothelial NO synthase form a macromolecular complex, providing a sink for NO directly adjacent to the production […]