Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Brigham Young University (2008)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California Berkeley (2013)

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  • From static to dynamic: the need for structural ensembles and a predictive model of RNA folding and function CURRENT OPINION IN STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY Herschlag, D., Allred, B. E., Gowrishankar, S. 2015; 30: 125-133


    To understand RNA, it is necessary to move beyond a descriptive categorization towards quantitative predictions of its molecular conformations and functional behavior. An incisive approach to understanding the function and folding of biological RNA systems involves characterizing small, simple components that are largely responsible for the behavior of complex systems including helix-junction-helix elements and tertiary motifs. State-of-the-art methods have permitted unprecedented insight into the conformational ensembles of these elements revealing, for example, that conformations of helix-junction-helix elements are confined to a small region of the ensemble, that this region is highly dependent on the junction's topology, and that the correct alignment of tertiary motifs may be a rare conformation on the overall folding landscape. Further characterization of RNA components and continued development of experimental and computational methods with the goal of quantitatively predicting RNA folding and functional behavior will be critical to understanding biological RNA systems.

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    View details for Web of Science ID 000354588800017

    View details for PubMedID 25744941