Convergence Seminar
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Willow Coyote-Maestas, PhD

Assistant Researcher, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF

As an HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow and a QBI Fellow, Willow is inventing high-throughput sequencing-based biophysics and biochemistry methods for understanding how a genetic, chemical, or physical perturbation alters the trafficking or functional state of receptors. The long-term goal of this work is to build mechanistic holistic models of how receptors break in disease and work in normal physiology.

Willow graduated from the Evergreen State College with degrees in chemistry and environmental studies. As an undergraduate in Anitra Ingalls’s lab at the University of Washington, he studied how B vitamins mediate microbial interactions and diversity in the open ocean. For graduate school, Willow did his PhD in Daniel Schmidt’s lab at the University of Minnesota, where he developed massively parallel sequencing-based methods to study and engineer proteins. Using mutational and insertional scanning methods, Willow found these methods can be useful for identifying regions of a protein involved in functionally meaningful conformational changes, developed mechanistic models for how to assemble protein domains to create useful multi-domain protein tools, and studied the evolution of ion channel regulation.

Hosted by: Vijay Ramani, PhD


October 12, 2022
11:00am-12:00pm PDT
Online & Mahley Auditorium

The Convergence Seminar is organized by Gladstone’s Institute for Data Science and Biotechnology. This seminar series brings together scientists from varying disciplines to solve complex scientific questions and accelerate the path to cures.

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