Justin Porter

  • Seattle, WA

  • Johns Hopkins U. (2012)

  • Computational and Systems Biology

  • Gregory R. Bowman, Ph.D.

  • Simulate myosin motor proteins to understand how sequence encodes function

  • jrporter@wustl.edu


Myosin motors perform diverse functions from cellular transport to muscle contraction. Despite this diversity, however, their crystal structures are effectively indistinguishable and the physical basis for the kinetic variability between myosins remains unknown. The Bowman Lab has developed Markov state model (MSM) methods that provide unprecedented access to long timescale dynamics at atomic resolution. I propose to build MSMs for a set of myosin motors with different kinetic properties to understand how they differ from one another. Doing so will provide a foundation for my future efforts to understand the effects of point mutations implicated in cardiac disease.

Graduate Publications:

Zimmerman MI, Porter JR, Ward MD, Singh S, Vithani N, Meller A, Mallimadugula UL, Kuhn CE, Borowsky JH, Wiewiora RP, Hurley MFD, Harbison AM, Fogarty CA, Coffland JE, Fadda E, Voelz VA, Chodera JD, Bowman GR. 2021 SARS-CoV-2 simulations go exascale to predict dramatic spike opening and cryptic pockets across the proteome. Nat Chem, 13(7):651-59.

Porter JR, Meller A, Zimmerman MI, Greenberg MJ, Bowman GR. 2020 Conformational distributions of isolated myosin motor domains encode their mechanochemical properties. Elife, ():9:e55132.

Brown CA, Hu L, Sun Z, Patel MP, Singh S, Porter JR, Sankaran B, Prasad BVV, Bowman GR, Palzkill T. 2020 Antagonism between substitutions in β-lactamase explains a path not taken in the evolution of bacterial drug resistance. J Biol Chem, 295(21):7376-90.

Porter JR, Moeder KE, Sibbald CA, Zimmerman MI, Hart KM, Greenberg MJ, Bowman GR. 2019 Cooperative Changes in Solvent Exposure Identify Cryptic Pockets, Switches, and Allosteric Coupling. Biophys J, ():.

Su Z, Wu C, Shi L, Luthra P, Pintilie GD, Johnson B, Porter JR, Ge P, Chen M, Liu G, Frederick TE, Binning JM, Bowman GR, Zhou ZH, Basler CF, Gross ML, Leung DW, Chiu W, Amarasinghe GK. 2018 Electron Cryo-microscopy Structure of Ebola Virus Nucleoprotein Reveals a Mechanism for Nucleocapsid-like Assembly. Cell, 172(5):966-978.

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