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Robert Best

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-496-5414
Email: robert.best2@nih.gov

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  • United Kingdom Royal Society University Research FellowUniversity of Cambridge2007–2012
  • Ph.D.University of Cambridge2003

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Robert B. Best, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator, Theoretical Biophysical Chemistry SectionLaboratory of Chemical Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering/ Biophysics/ Physics, Computational Biology/ Bioinformatics/ Biostatistics/ Mathematics, Structural Biology
Research Summary/In Plain Language

Research Summary

Current Research

My research is concerned with the dynamics of large biomolecules and in particular with protein dynamics, folding, and misfolding.  Novel simulation and theoretical methods are developed as needed to address specific problems.  A strong emphasis is placed on making a connection with experiment, both in using experimental data to help improve simulation methodology or sampling, and simulations as a tool to assist the interpretation of results.

Recent work has focused on the following:

  • the optimization of protein force fields using empirical data for peptides and macromolecules in solution;
  • interpretation of single-molecule fluorescence or pulling experiments using simulation and theory;
  • coarse-grained master equations as a tool for interpreting peptide dynamics in simulations;
  • diffusion models of protein folding;
  • the binding mechanism of intrinsically disordered proteins;
  • the influence of molecular chaperonins on folding and misfolding;
  • the mechanism of substrate transport in hydrogenase enzymes; and
  • methods for identifying cryptic binding pockets in proteins.

To view more about my research, visit my lab's website​.