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Deanne Sammond

Researcher III-Biological Science | 303-384-6240

Research Interests

  • Enhancing the conversion of biomass to fuel by improving the function of cellulases

  • Consolidated bioprocessing—engineering thermophilic bacteria to produce ethanol

Areas of Expertise

  • Rational protein design

  • Protein engineering

  • Protein expression and purification

  • Biophysical characterization of proteins

  • Bioinformatics and structural analysis


  • Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina, Laboratory of Dr. Brian Kuhlman, 2002–2008

  • B.M., Department of Music, University of Colorado, Studio of Dr. Alvin Chow, 19911995

Professional Experience

  • Currently serving on the Executive Board for the RosettaCommons

  • Organizer of the Winter Rosetta Conference, 2015

  • Co-chair for the Poster Session, Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2015

  • Served on thesis committee for Elizabeth Eskow, graduate student in computer science at the University of Colorado (Ph.D. awarded in 2013)

  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program mentor for Carolyn Haarmeyer, graduate student in chemical engineering at Michigan State University (DOE SCGSR fellowship awarded for 2015)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Colorado, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Laboratory of Dr. Hubert Yin, 20082011

Featured Publications

  1. "Predicting Enzyme Adsorption to Lignin Films by Calculating Enzyme Surface Hydrophobicity," Journal of Biological Chemistry (2014)

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  1. "Cellulase Linkers Are Optimized Based on Domain Type and Function: Insights from Sequence Analysis, Biophysical Measurements, and Molecular Simulation," PLOS One (2012)

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  1. "Computational Design of the Sequence and Structure of a Protein-Binding Peptide," Journal of the American Chemical Society (2011)

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Additional Publications

  1. "Comparing Residue Clusters from Thermophilic and Mesophilic Enzymes Reveals Adaptive Mechanisms," PLOS One (2016)
  2. "The Catalytic Mechanism and Low pH Optimum of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii Family 3 Pectate Lyase," Acta Cryst. D (2015)
  3. "Computationally Designed Peptide Inhibitors of the Ubiquitin E3 Ligase SCFFbx4," ChemBioChem (2013)
  4. "Transmembrane Peptides Used to Investigate the Homo-Oligomeric Interface and Binding Hot-Spot of Latent Membrane Protein 1," Biopolymers (2011)
  5. "Structural Determinants of Affinity Enhancement between GoLoco Motifs and G-protein Alpha Subunit Mutants," Journal of Biological Chemistry (2011)
  6. "Computational Design of Second-Site Suppressor Mutations at Protein-Protein Interfaces," Proteins (2010)
  7. "A Peptide Antagonist of the TLR4-MD2 Interaction," ChemBioChem (2009)
  8. "Computer-Based Design of Protein-Protein Interactions," Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics (2009)
  9. "Structure-Based Protocol for Identifying Mutations that Enhance Protein-Protein Binding Affinities," Journal of Molecular Biology (2007)
  10. "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Amyloid β Dimer Formation," Biophysical Journal (2004)
  11. "Normal Metabolism but Different Physical Properties of Myelin from Mice Deficient in Proteolipid Protein," Journal of Neurosciences Research (2003)
  12. "Alterations in Metabolism and Gene Expression in Brain Regions During Cuprizone-Induced Demyelination and Remyelination," Journal of Neurochemistry (2002)
  13. "Cerebroside Synthesis as a Measure of the Rate of Remyelination Following Cuprizone-Induced Demyelination in Brain," Journal of Neurochemistry (2001)

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Awards and Honors

  • National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, co-PI with Hubert Yin, Joshua Ferreira, and Clifford Wang (2010)

  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Training Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002)

  • Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Training Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002)