Tobin Sosnick Professor

Tobin Sosnick

Tobin Sosnick
Professor at The University of Chicago

Ph.D. Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1989
M.S. Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1986
B.A. Physics, UC San Diego

929 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 USA

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Computation Institute
(773) 218-5950

My research program involves synergistic studies of proteinfolding, function and design, with both experimental and computational components. The research is based on the premise that rigorous and innovative studies of basic processes have broad implications in many areas of biological research. My experimental experience in protein folding, design, modeling, and biophysical methods provides an enormous benefit to our computational studies which heavily rely on the use of fundamental principles of protein folding.

My group is involved in many areas include delineating protein folding pathways, de novo structure prediction, design of light-triggered allosteric proteins, and membrane protein folding. My lab employs a range of experimental and computational methods including NMR, small-angle X-ray scattering, rapid mixing methods, hydrogen exchange, molecular dynamics and coarse-grain folding simulations. I am a very a strong believer in collaboration, having co-mentored 15+ students and post-doctoral fellows who produced 30+ papers in the last 10 years

University of Chicago, Department Chair 2011-
University of Chicago, Professor, 1996-

J.A. Riback*, C.D. Katanski*, J.L. Kear-Scott, E.V. Pilipenko, A.E. Rojek, T.R. Sosnick, D.A. Drummond, "Stress-Triggered Phase Separation Is an Adaptive, Evolutionarily Tuned Response" Cell 168 (2017) 1028-40.

A.R. French, T.R. Sosnick, R.S. Rock, "Investigations of human myosin VI targeting using optogenetically controlled cargo loading" Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114 (2017) E1607-16.

Z.P. Gates*, M.C. Baxa*, W. Yu, J.A. Riback, H. Li, B. Roux, S.B.H. Kent, T.R. Sosnick, "Perplexing cooperative folding and stability of a low-sequence complexity, polyproline 2 protein lacking a hydrophobic core" Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114 (2017) 2241-6.

B. Basanta, K.K. Chan, P. Barth, T. King, T.R. Sosnick, J.R. Hinshaw, G. Liu, J.K. Everett, R. Xiao, G.T. Montelione, D. Baker, "Introduction of a polar core into the de novo designed protein Top7" Protein Sci 25 (2016) 1299-307.

M.J. Poellmann, T.R. Sosnick, S.C. Meredith, R.C. Lee, "The Pentablock Amphiphilic Copolymer T1107 Prevents Aggregation of Denatured and Reduced Lysozyme" Macromol Biosci (2016).

J.R. Sachleben, A.N. Adhikari, G. Gawlak, R.J. Hoey, G. Liu, A. Joachimiak, G.T. Montelione, T.R. Sosnick, S. Koide, "Aromatic claw: A new fold with high aromatic content that evades structural prediction" Protein Sci (2016).

W. Yu, M.C. Baxa, I. Gagnon, K.F. Freed, T.R. Sosnick, "Cooperative folding near the downhill limit determined with amino acid resolution by hydrogen exchange" Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 113 (2016) 4747-52.

M.C. Baxa, W. Yu, A.N. Adhikari, L. Ge, Z. Xia, R. Zhou, K.F. Freed, T.R. Sosnick, "Even with nonnative interactions, the updated folding transition states of the homologs Proteins G & L are extensive and similar" Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112 (2015) 8302-7.