Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Zaida (Zan) Luthey-Schulten

William and Janet Lycan Professor of Chemistry

Professor Schulten received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1969, a M.S. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1975. From 1975 to 1980 she was a Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, and from 1980 to 1985 a Research Fellow in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Munich.


Research: Energy Landscapes of Biological Molecules Exploring the Evolution of Structure Function/Folding

  1. Evolution of Translation
  2. Origins of Life
  3. Physical Bioinformatics
  4. Prediction of Protein Structure and Function with QR profiles
  5. Docking with Steered Molecular Dynamics (SMD)
  6. VMD/Multiple Alignment: Evolutionary Analysis Tools
  7. Protein Folding: Hybrid Molecular Dynamics


E. Roberts, J.E. Stone, L. Sepulveda, W.W. Hwu, and Z. Luthey-Schulten Long time-scale simulations of in vivo diffusion using GPU hardware In The Eighth IEEE International Workshop on High-Performance Computational Biology, May 2009

E. Roberts, A. Sethi, J. Montoya, C.R. Woese, and Z. Luthey-Schulten Molecular signatures of ribosomal evolution Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 105(37):13953-8, 2008

J. Eargle, A. Black, A. Sethi, L. Trabuco, and Z. Luthey-Schulten Dynamics of recognition between tRNA and Elongation Factor Tu J Mol Biol, 377(5):1382-405, 2008

D.C. Mathew and Z. Luthey-Schulten On the physical basis of the amino acid polar requirement J Mol Evol 66(5):519-28, 2008

T.V. Pogorelov, F. Autenrieth, E. Roberts, and Z. Luthey-Schulten Cytochrome c2 exit strategy: dissociation studies and evolutionary implications J Phys Chem B, 111(3):618-634, 2007

R. Amaro, A. Sethi, R. Myers, Jo V Davisson, and Z. Luthey-Schulten A network of conserved interactions regulates the allosteric signal in a glutamine amidotransferase Biochemistry, 46(8):2156-2173, 2007


  • Fellow, Advanced Studies Institute, Hebrew University, Israel, 1998
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2000



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