Zaida Ann Luthey-Schulten

Zaida Ann Luthey-Schulten
Zaida Ann Luthey-Schulten

Primary Research Area

  • Biological Physics
Murchison-Mallory Endowed Chair in Chemistry
(217) 333-3518
A544 Chemical and Life Sci Lab


Professor Schulten received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1969, a M.S. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1975.

From 1975 to 1980 she was a Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, and from 1980 to 1985 a Research Fellow in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Munich.

Research Statement

Research: Energy Landscapes of Biological Molecules Exploring the Evolution of Structure Function/Folding

  • Evolution of Translation
  • Origins of Life
  • Physical Bioinformatics
  • Prediction of Protein Structure and Function with QR profiles
  • Docking with Steered Molecular Dynamics (SMD)
  • VMD/Multiple Alignment: Evolutionary Analysis Tools
  • Protein Folding: Hybrid Molecular Dynamics

Recent Courses Taught

  • CHEM 444 - Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 544 - Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 545 - Physical Chemistry Seminar
  • CHEM 546 - Advanced Statistical Mechanics
  • CHEM 576 (BIOP 576) - Computational Chemical Biology