Mu Gao

Contact Information

Office: Beckman Institute, 3109.
Telephone: 217-244-3667


* Ph.D. University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
* M.S. Peking(Beijing) University, 1998
* B.S. Zhejiang University, 1995

Research Interests

Mechanical force is ubiquitous in biological molecular processes, such as in stretching cytoskeleton inside cells, in assembling fibrils connecting cells, and in regulating ligand-receptor association at the cell surface. How do proteins participating such processes respond to mechanical forces? My research is to study the mechanical properties of these so called mechanical proteins using steered molecular dynamics (SMD) simulations. For details, click here to see the webpage summarizing my research on the muscle protein titin and the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin.

Click here to see my recent work on an anthrax toxin-receptor complex.