Institute for Protein Design

David Baker talking to researcher
January 9, 2019

Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a molecule that amps up immune cells to fight off infections. While it is effective, the problem with IL-2 is that it causes a lot of toxicity in patients.

October 29, 2018

​The advance paves the way for building entirely novel, custom-designed antibodies, enzymes and other biologically active proteins.

picture of David Baker
April 4, 2018

The Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington School of Medicine has been awarded $11.3 million from the Open Phi

March 1, 2018

The ability to build transmembrane proteins opens the way for custom-designing structures that span living cell membranes and perform new tasks. 

December 26, 2017

Two decades ago, the notion of building custom proteins and correctly predicting their structure was a dream.

December 13, 2017

Computationally designed protein assemblies, which display functions associated with living things, may pose ways to transport therapeutic cargos into cells without using viruses as vehicles.

October 17, 2017

Gamers will pit their wits against a real-life villain: a food poisoning called aflatoxin that can cause liver cancer and stunting. 

September 27, 2017

Scientists have created a way to generate thousands of different mini-protein binders as possible drug candidates.  

When a protein folds correctly, it spurs a biological process in a cell -- one of many that enable the human body to live. Our bodies have about 100,000 distinct proteins, built from strings of amino acids, and each protein has a job to do.

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