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Lintao Bu

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Lintao Bu is a staff scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Bioenergy Center.


Ph.D., Computational Chemistry, Boston University, 1999–2004
M.S., Physical Chemistry, Peking University, 1996–1999
B.S., Chemistry, Peking University, 1991–1996

Professional Experience

Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Bioenergy Center, Golden, CO, 2008–present
Postdoctoral Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Bioenergy Center, Golden, CO, 2007–2008
Postdoctoral Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, 2004–2007

Research Interests

Lintao uses molecular modeling and computer simulation to study biomolecules. His current research focuses on the cellulose degrading enzymes.

Selected Publications

Bu, L.; Nimlos, M. R.; Himmel, M. E. (2010). "Meso-Scale Modeling of Polysaccharides in Plant Cell Walls: An Application to Carbohydrate-Binding Modules Translation on Cellulose Surface." In Computational Modeling in Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production.

Bu, L.; Beckham, G. T.; Crowley, M. F.; Chang, C. H.; Matthews, J. F.; Bomble, Y. J.; Adney, W. S.; Himmel, M. E.; Nimlos, M. R. (2009). "The Energy Landscape for the Interaction of the Family 1 Carbohydrate-Binding Module and the Cellulose Surface is Altered by Hydrolyzed Glycosidic Bonds." Journal of Physical Chemistry B (113); pp. 10994-11002.

Bu, L.; Brooks III, C. L. (2008). "De Novo Prediction of the Structures of M. tuberculosis Membrane Proteins." Journal of the American Chemical Society (130); pp.5384-5385.

Bu, L.; Michino, M.; Wolf, R. M.; Brooks III, C. L. (2008). "Improved Model Building and Assessment of the Calcium-Sensing Receptor Transmembrane Domain." Proteins (71:1); pp. 215-226.

Bu, L.; Im, W.; Brooks III, C. L. (2007). "Membrane Assembly of Simple Helix Homo-Oligomers Studied via Molecular Dynamics Simulations." Biophysical Journal (92:3); pp. 854-863.

Bu, L.; Straub, J. E. (2003). "Vibrational Frequency Shifts and Relaxation Rates for a Selected Vibrational Mode in Cytochrome c." Biophysical Journal (85:3); pp. 1429-1439.

Bu, L.; Straub, J. E. (2003). "Vibrational Energy Relaxation of ‘Tailored' Hemes in Myoglobin Following Ligand Photolysis Supports Energy Funneling Mechanism of Heme "Cooling'." Journal of Physical Chemistry B (107:38); pp. 10634-10639.

Bu, L.; Straub, J. E. (2003). "Simulating Vibrational Energy Flow in Proteins: Relaxation Rate and Mechanism for Heme Cooling in Cytochrome c." Journal of Physical Chemistry B (107:44); pp. 12339-12345.

Contact Information

Lintao Bu
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway, MS 3322
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-6295