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POSITION TITLE: Postdoctoral Associate
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position in X-ray crystallography to elucidate the structures and functions of proteins from diverse natural product biosynthetic machineries is AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. Current research in the Shen lab centers on the chemistry, biochemistry and genetics of natural product biosynthesis in actinobacteria. By asking what reactions are available in nature, what are the enzymatic mechanisms of these reactions, how these reactions are linked to produce complex structures, what are the regulatory mechanisms of these pathways, we aim to translate the fundamental understanding of natural product biosynthesis into innovative strategies for natural product discovery and manipulate nature’s biosynthetic machinery for the discovery and development of new drugs (https://www.scripps.edu/faculty/shen/).
Selected publications on structures and functions of proteins from natural product biosynthetic machineries:
(1) Lohman, J.R.; Ma, M.; Osipiuk, J.; Nocek, B.; Kim, Y.; Chang, C.; Cuff, M.; Mack, J.; Bigelow, L.; Li, H.; Endres, M.; Babnigg, G.; Joachimiak, A.; Phillips, G.N. Jr.; Shen, B. (2015) Structural and evolutionary relationships of “AT-less” type I polyketide synthase ketosynthases. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112:12693–12698.
(2) Rudolf, J. D., Dong, L., Cao, H., Hatzos-Skintges, C., Osipiuk, J., Endres, M., Chang, C.-Y., Ma, M., Babnigg, G., Joachimiak, A., Phillips Jr., G. N., Shen, B. (2016). Structure of the ent-copalyl diphosphate synthase PtmT2 from Streptomyces platensis CB00739, a bacterial type II diterpene synthase. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138:10905–10915.
(3) Chang, C.-Y.; Lohman, J. R.; Cao, H.; Tan, K.; Rudolf, J. D.; Ma, M.; Xu, W.; Bingman, C. A.; Yennamalli, R. M.; Bigelow, L.; Babnigg, G.; Yan, X.; Joachimiak, A.; Phillips, G.N. Jr.; Shen, B. (2016) Crystal structures of SgcE6 and SgcC, the two-component monooxygenase that catalyzes hydroxylation of a carrier protein-tethered substrate in biosynthesis of the enediyne antitumor antibiotic C-1027 in Streptomyces globisporus. Biochemistry. 55:5142–5154.
(4) Chang, C.-Y., Lohman, J. R., Huang, T., Michalska, K., Bigelow, L., Rudolf, J. D., Jedrzejczak, R., Yan, X., Ma, M., Babnigg, G., Joachimiak, A., Phillips Jr., G. N., Shen, B. (2018) Structural insights into the free-standing condensation enzyme SgcC5 catalyzing ester-bond formation in the biosynthesis of the enediyne antitumor antibiotic C-1027. Biochemistry 57:3278–3288.
(5) Wang, N., Rudolf, J. D., Dong, L.-B., Osipiuk, J., Hatzos-Skintges, C., Endres, M., Chang, C.-Y., Babnigg, G., Joachimiak, A., Phillips Jr., G. N., Shen, B. (2018). Discovery of a non-adenylating acyl-CoA ligase and restoring its adenylation activity. Nat. Chem. Biol. 14:730–737.
(6) Chang, C.-Y.; Yan, X.; Crnovcic, I.; Annaval, T.; Chang, C.; Nocek, B.; Rudolf, J. D.; Yang, D.; Hindra; Babnigg, G.; Joachimiak, A.; Phillips, G. N. Jr.; Shen, B. (2018) Resistance to enediyne antitumor antibiotics by sequestration. Cell Chem. Biol. 25:1075-1085.
(7) Annaval, T.; Han, L.; Rudolf, J. D.; Xie, G.; Yang, D.; Chang, C.-Y.; Ma, M.; Crnovcic, I.; Miller, M. D.; Soman, J.; Xu, W.; Phillips, G. N. Jr.; Shen, B. (2018) Biochemical and structural characterization of TtnD, a prenylated FMN-dependent decarboxylase from the tautomycetin biosynthetic pathway. ACS Chem. Biol. 13:2728-2738.
(8) Dong, L.-B.; Liu, Y.-C.; Cepeda, A. J.; Kalkreuter, E.; Deng, M.-R.; Rudolf, J. D.; Chang, C.; Joachimiak, A.; Phillips Jr, G. N.; Shen, B. (2019) Characterization and crystal structure of a nonheme diiron monooxygenase involved in platensimycin and platencin biosynthesis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141:12406-12412
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Must possess a doctoral degree.
We are specifically looking for those with experience in bioinformatics, genome mining, and development of enabling technologies for BGC activation in native producers or heterologous hosts for natural product discovery.
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