Robert McFeeters

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Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Office: MSB 215
Phone: 256.824.6023 
Fax: 256.824.6349

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  • B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1995
  • Ph.D. Molecular Medicine, Cornell University, 2002
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute (Dr. R.A Byrd), 2002-2008.

Teaching Interests

Biophysical chemistry, Biochemistry

Research Interests

My research interests are directed towards understanding the mechanisms of infectious agents and how to counter their activity. The initial projects in my research group will involve viral entry and virulence adaptation of infectious microorganisms. The processes of viral entry and the specificity of cellular target recognition require much greater mechanistic understanding than currently exists in order to combat viral-driven human disease. The ability of microorganisms to sense environmental changes, alter their gene expression profile, and adapt their virulence state to the surroundings is my second area of interest. I am most interested in understanding these phenomena at the molecular level. My proposed research focuses on antiviral entry inhibition and transcriptional regulation of the bacterial nucleoid. The specific projects are founded on biochemical, biophysical, and structural characterization of the macromolecules governing these processes.

Recent Publications

R. L. McFeeters, B. R. O’Keefe, R. Castelli, P. H. Seeberger, R. A. Byrd, Affinity and Structural Characterization of the Two Carbohydrate Binding Sites of the Potent Antiviral Entry Inhibitor Scytovirin, in preparation.

R. L. McFeeters, W. Thompson, D. S. Waugh, R. A. Byrd, Current Opinion: A New Model for YmoA/Hha Interactions with H-NS and Their Impact on DNA Condensation, submitted.

R. L. McFeeters, A. S. Altieri, S. Cherry, J. E. Tropea, D. S. Waugh, R. A. Byrd, High Resolution Solution Structure of Yersinia Modulating Protein YmoA Provides Insight into its Interaction with H-NS, Biochemistry, in press.

R. L. McFeeters, C. Xiong, B. R. O’Keefe, H. Bokesch, J. B. McMahon, D. M. Ratner, R. Castelli, P. H. Seeberger, R. A. Byrd, The Novel Fold of Scytovirin Shows a New Twist for Antiviral Inhibitors, Journal of Molecular Biology, 369:451-461, 2007.

R. A. Byrd, C. A. Fowler, R. L. McFeeters, V. Gaponenko, Novel Uses of Paramagnets to Solve Complex Protein Structures, Handbook of Modern Magnetic Resonance, Pharmaceutical Sciences, D. Craik, Section Editor, Springer 2006.

R. L. McFeeters, C. A. Fowler, V. V. Gaponenko, R. A. Byrd, Efficient and Precise Measurement of Ha-Ca, Ca-C’, Ca-Cb and HN-N Residual Dipolar Couplings from 2D HN-N Correlation Spectra, Journal of Biomolecular NMR, 31:35-47, 2005.

R. L. McFeeters, R. E. Oswald, Emerging Structural Explanations of Ionotropic Glutamate Receptor Function, FASEB Journal, 18(3) 428-438, 2004

R. L. McFeeters, R. E. Oswald, Structural Mobility of the Extracellular Ligand-Binding Domain of an Ionotropic Glutamate Receptor: Analysis of NMR Relaxation Dynamics, Biochemistry, 41(33):10472-10481, 2002.

R. L. McFeeters, G. V. T. Swapna, G. T. Montelione, R. E. Oswald, Semi-Automated Backbone Resonance Assignments of the Extracellular Ligand-Binding Domain of an Ionotropic Glutamate Receptor, Journal of Biomolecular NMR, 22(3):297-298, 2002

R. E. Oswald, T. M.Suchyna, R. L McFeeters, P. Gottlieb, F. Sachs, Solution Structure of Peptide Toxins that Block Mechanosensitive Ion Channels, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 277(37):3443-3450, 2002