Faculty

Willson
Dr. Richard C. Willson

Huffington-Woestemeyer Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Professor of Biochemical & Biophysical Sciences

Office Location: S229, Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4308   |   Fax: 713-743-4323
Email: willson [at] uh [dot] edu

Education: 

B.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1981; honors)
M.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1982)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988)

Research Interests: 

Richard Willson's laboratory works on applications of biomolecular recognition to bioseparations, molecular diagnostics and process analytical technology. We collaborate productively with groups in a broad range of disciplines. Over time, our group members have had expertise in chemical, biochemical and biomedical engineering, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical biology, computer science, materials science, app development, molecular genetics, microbiology, and nanofabrication.

Bioseparations

         We have a long history of fundamental investigations of protein chromatography, including the first use of directed mutagenesis to rearrange surface charges to investigate selectivity, the first computational electrostatic modeling of protein/ion-exchanger interactions, the first use of titration microcalorimetry to characterize the energetics of protein ion-exchange adsorption, and demonstration of the role of stochastic clustering in protein adsorption and the superiority of clustered adsorbents.  We and photophysicist C. Landes introduced (in PNAS) single-molecule methods to the study of protein chromatography; recent work focuses on antibody purification.
          We are one of the few engineering groups developing novel methods of nucleic acid separations. These have been applied both at laboratory and production scale, including compaction agents and metal affinity capture of single-stranded nucleic acids. In recognition of his expertise in nucleic acid purification, Dr. Willson served on the Technical Advisory Board of Moderna, Inc. which has an mRNA-based vaccine for COVID-19 in advanced trials. One of his former students in this area is Head, Nucleic Acid Process Development at Moderna

Immunochromatographic Diagnostics

          Recently, we have combined our experience in chromatography and affinity technologies to develop improved immuno-chromatographic assays.  This diagnostic format, best known as the basis of the home pregnancy test, relies on the capture of flowing reporter particles decorated with antibodies on lines of capture antibodies when bridged by target analyte. We first replaced the conventional gold and polystyrene reporter particles by engineered filamentous phage particles, which are neutrally buoyant, have high surface area, and are under Darwinian selection for low non-specific binding and aggregation. Phage lateral-flow tests can be up to 1000 times as sensitive as standard assays, opening new applications for this convenient assay format, including PAT and the direct detection of viral infections in blood.

          We also introduced strontium aluminate phosphorescent nanoparticles derived from cheap glow-in-the-dark materials as lateral flow reporters, and demonstrated their superior performance in  sensitive, quantitative lateral flow immunoassays. This technology was spun off by group members as Luminostics, Inc. which was accepted into Y Combinator, the outstanding incubator of Airbnb, Stripe and Dropbox.  Luminostics is now VC-funded and pursuing human clinical trials of a home COVID-19 diagnostic with Sanofi

Process Analytical Technology

          Recently, we’ve applied our analytical methods to Process Analytical Technology (PAT), monitoring downstream processes to maximize efficiency and product quality.  The lab recently constructed Protein A-based mix-and-read fluorescence reporters for antibody Fc fragments.  These reporters should be quite useful for clone selection and screening, and routine measurements, and we also demonstrated their use in continuous monitoring of mAb breakthrough for Protein A capture column process control.

Awards & Honors: 

2020 Esther Farfel Award (highest faculty award of the University of Houston; for research, service and teaching)

2018-present Co-PI, FDA Western National Pediatric Device Consortium

2017-present Diagnostics co-lead, CDC Western Gulf Center for Vector-Borne Diseases

2015 Pierce Award in Affinity Technology of the International Society for Molecular Recognition (first US awardee in over 20 years)

2015 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors

2014 Fellow, American Chemical Society

2014 Elected to Phi Kappa Phi

2013-present Huffington-Woestemeyer Professor

2012 Co-organizer, AACC Oak Ridge Conference on Emerging Diagnostics, San Jose, CA

2011-present Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

2010-2013 John and Rebecca Moores Professor (campus-wide competitive)

2009 Fluor-Daniel Award (highest faculty award of the UH College of Engineering)

2008-2015 Theme Leader, Diagnostics, NIH Western Regional Center of Excellence

2005 UH Cullen College of Engineering Senior Faculty Research Award

2003-present President, past President, Council, International Society for Molecular Recognition

2001 van Lanen Award, Biochemical Technology Division, American Chemical Society

1999-present Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

1999 Chair, ACS Division of Biochemical Technology

1990-1995 NSF Presidential Young Investigator

Professional Activities: 

2008-present: Editorial Board, PLOS ONE

2008-present: Affiliate, Quantitative & Computational Biosciences Program, Baylor College of Medicine

2007-present: Senior Affiliate Member, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute

2006-present: Member, Faculty of 1000

2004-2007: President, International Society for Molecular Recognition (Program of 2005 and 2007 meetings)

2003-present: Editorial board, Biotechnology Progress

2001-present: Editorial board, Journal of Molecular Recognition

1999: Member/Past Chair, UH Intellectual Property Committee

1998-2002: Council on Chemical Research (CCR) Vision 2020 Roadmap committee on Bioprocessing

Selected Publications

  1. Chavan D, Chen H, Crum M, Vu B, Safari M, Smith M, Vekilov P, Conrad JC, Kourentzi K, Willson RC.,

    "Neutral DNA-avidin nanoparticles as ultrasensitive reporters in immuno-PCR." Analyst. doi: 10.1039/d0an00134a.

    , 2020
  2. Coffman J, Marques B, Orozco R, Aswath M, Mohammad H, Zimmermann E, Khouri J, Griesbach J, Izadi S, Williams A, Sankar K, Walters B, Lin J, Hepbildikler S, Schiel J, Welsh J, Ferreira G, Delmar J, Mody N, Afdahl C, Cui T, Khalaf R, Hanke A, Pampel L, Parimal S, Hong X, Patil U, Pollard J, Insaidoo F, Robinson J, Chandra D, Blanco M, Panchal J, Soundararajan S, Roush D, Tugcu N, Cramer S, Haynes C, Willson RC.,

    "Highland games: A benchmarking exercise in predicting biophysical and drug properties of monoclonal antibodies from amino acid sequences." Biotechnol Bioeng. 117(7):2100-2115. doi: 10.1002/bit.27349.

    , 2020
  3. Danthanarayana AN, Finley E, Vu B, Kourentzi K, Willson RC, Brgoch J.,

    "A multicolor multiplex lateral flow immunochromatographic assay for high-sensitivity analyte detection using persistent luminescent nanophosphors." Anal Methods. 12(3):272-280. doi: 10.1039/c9ay02247c.

    , 2020
  4. Kourentzi K, Crum M, Patil U, Prebisch A, Chavan D, Vu B, Zeng Z, Litvinov D, Zu Y, Willson RC.,

    "Recombinant expression, purification, characterization, and quantification in human cancer cell lines of the Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma-characteristic NPM-ALK fusion protein." Sci Rep.10(1):5078. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-61936-w.

    , 2020
  5. Patil, U, Crum, M, Vu, B, Wasden, K, Kourentzi, K, Willson, RC.,

    "Continuous Fc detection for protein A capture process control." Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Vol. 165, 112327.

    , 2020
  6. Ansari, P., et al. ,

    "Self-assembled monolayer functionalization of gold nanostar particles with a custom designed carboxylate-terminated dithiol as a linker for bioconjugation." Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 257.

    , 2019
  7. Chavan, D., et al. ,

    "Immuno-nanoparticle PCR for ultrasensitive detection of proteins." Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 257.

    , 2019
  8. Goux HJ, Raja B, Kourentzi K, Trabuco JRC, Vu BV, Paterson AS, Kirkpatrick A, Townsend B, Lee M, Truong VTT, Pedroza C, Willson RC.,

    "Evaluation of a nanophosphor lateral-flow immunochromatographic assay for self-testing for herpes simplex virus type 2 seropositivity." PLoS One. 14(12):e0225365. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225365

    , 2019
  9. Khodadadi M, Chang L, Trabuco JRC, Vu BV, Kourentzi K, Willson RC, Litvinov D.,

    "PCB-Based Magnetometer as a Platform for Quantification of Lateral-Flow Assays." Sensors (Basel). 19(24):5433. doi: 10.3390/s19245433.

    , 2019
  10. Chen H, Crum M, Chavan D, Vu B, Kourentzi K, Willson RC.,

    "Nanoparticle-Based Proximity Ligation Assay for Ultrasensitive, Quantitative Detection of Protein Biomarkers. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces." 10(38):31845-31849.

    , 2018
  11. Jacinto MJ, Patinha DJS, Marrucho IM, Gonçalves J, Willson RC, Azevedo AM, Aires-Barros MR. ,

    "M13 bacteriophage purification using poly(ionic liquids) as alternative separation matrices. J Chromatogr A." 1532:246-250.

    , 2018
  12. Jacinto MJ, Trabuco JRC, Vu BV, Garvey G, Khodadady M, Azevedo AM, Aires-Barros MR, Chang L, Kourentzi K, Litvinov D, Willson RC. ,

    "Enhancement of lateral flow immunochromatographic assay performance by electromagnetic relocation of reporter particles. PLoS One." 13(1):e0186782.

    , 2018
  13. Luo D, Wang F, Chen J, Zhang F, Yu L, Wang D, Willson RC, Yang Z, Ren Z.,

    "Poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) Stabilized Janus Nanosheets in Brine with Retained Amphiphilicity. Langmuir." 34(12):3694-3700.

    , 2018
  14. Kim J, Vu B, Kourentzi K, Willson RC, Conrad JC.,

    "Increasing Binding Efficiency via Reporter Shape and Flux in a Viral Nanoparticle Lateral-Flow Assay." ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 9(8):6878-6884. doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b15728.

    , 2017
  15. Kolhatkar AG, Chen YT, Chinwangso P, Nekrashevich I, Dannangoda GC, Singh A, Jamison AC, Zenasni O, Rusakova IA, Martirosyan KS, Litvinov D, Xu S, Willson RC, Lee TR. ,

    "Magnetic Sensing Potential of Fe(3)O(4) Nanocubes Exceeds That of Fe(3)O(4) Nanospheres." ACS Omega. 2(11):8010-8019.

    , 2017
  16. Paterson AS, Raja B, Mandadi V, Townsend B, Lee M, Buell A, Vu B, Brgoch J, Willson RC.,

    "A low-cost smartphone-based platform for highly sensitive point-of-care immunochromatographic testing with persistent luminescent phosphors. Lab Chip." 17(6):1051-1059.

    , 2017
  17. Raja B, Goux HJ, Marapadaga A, Rajagopalan S, Kourentzi K, Willson RC. ,

    "Development of a panel of recombinase polymerase amplification assays for detection of common bacterial urinary tract infection pathogens." J Appl Microbiol. 123(2):544-555.

    , 2017
  18. Chen, H., Hagstrom, A. E. V., Kim, J., Garvey, G., Paterson, A., Ruiz-Ruiz, F., Willson, R. C.,

    Flotation Immunoassay: Masking the Signal from Free Reporters in Sandwich Immunoassays. Scientific Reports, 6 [DOI]

    , 2016
  19. Gonzalez-Gonzalez, M., Willson, R. C., & Rito-Palomares, M,

    Elimination of contaminants from cell preparations using aqueous two-phase partitioning. Separation and Purification Technology, 158, 103-107 [DOI]

    , 2016
  20. Kim J, Poling-Skutvik R, Trabuco JR, Kourentzi K, Willson RC, Conrad JC. ,

    "Orientational binding modes of reporters in a viral-nanoparticle lateral flow assay. Analyst." 142(1):55-64.

    , 2016
  21. Kisley, L., Poongavanam, M. V., Kourentzi, K., Willson, R. C., & Landes, C. F.,

    pH-dependence of single-protein adsorption and diffusion at a liquid chromatographic interface. Journal of Separation Science, 39(4), 682-688 [DOI]

    , 2016
  22. Kolhatkar, A. G., Jamison, A. C., Nekrashevich, I., Kourentzi, K., Litvinov, D., Brazdeikis, A., Lee, T. R,

    Enzymatic conversion of magnetic nanoparticles to a non-magnetic precipitate: a new approach to magnetic sensing. Analyst, 141(18), 5246-5251 [DOI]

    , 2016
  23. Luo, D., Wang, F., Zhu, J. Y., Cao, F., Liu, Y., Li, X. G., Ren, Z. F,

    Nanofluid of graphene-based amphiphilic Janus nanosheets for tertiary or enhanced oil recovery: High performance at low concentration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(28), 7711-7716. [DOI]

    , 2016
  24. Poongavanam, M. V., Kisley, L., Kourentzi, K., Landes, C. F., & Willson, R. C,

    Ensemble and single-molecule biophysical characterization of D17.4 DNA aptamer-IgE interactions. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Proteins and Proteomics, 1864(1), 154-164. [DOI]

    , 2016
  25. Raja, B., Pascente, C., Knoop, J., Shakarisaz, D., Sherlock, T., Kemper, S., Willson, R,

    An embedded microretroreflector-based microfluidic immunoassay platform. Lab on a Chip, 16(9), 1625-1635. [DOI]

    , 2016
  26. Adhikari M, Strych U, Kim J, Goux H, Dhamane S, Poongavanam MV, Hagström AE, Kourentzi K, Conrad JC, Willson RC.,

    "Aptamer-Phage Reporters for Ultrasensitive Lateral Flow Assays. Anal Chem. 87(23):11660-5."

    , 2015
  27. Hagström AE, Garvey G, Paterson AS, Dhamane S, Adhikari M, Estes MK, Strych U, Kourentzi K, Atmar RL, Willson RC.,

    "Sensitive detection of norovirus using phage nanoparticle reporters in lateral-flow immunochromatographic assay. PLoS One. 10(5):e0126571."

    , 2015
  28. Kim J, Adhikari M, Dhamane S, Hagström AE, Kourentzi K, Strych U, Willson RC, Conrad JC.,

    "Detection of viruses by counting single fluorescent genetically biotinylated reporter immunophage using a lateral flow assay. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 7(4): p. 2891-2898"

    , 2015
  29. Kisley L, Chen J, Mansur AP, Shuang B, Kourentzi K, Poongavanam MV, Chen WH, Dhamane S, Willson RC, Landes CF,

    Unified superresolution experiments and stochastic theory provide mechanistic insight into protein ion-exchange adsorptive separations. Proc Natl Acad Sci 111: p. 2075-2080.

    , 2014
  30. Paterson AS, Raja B, Garvey G, Kolhatkar A, Hagstrom AE, Kourentzi K, Lee TR, Willson RC,

    Persistent Luminescence Strontium Aluminate Nanoparticles as Reporters in Lateral Flow Assays. Anal Chem. p.9481-9499

    , 2014
  31. Adhikari M, Dhamane S, Hagstrom AEV, Garvey G, Chen WH, Kourentzi K, Strych U, Willson RC,

    “Functionalized viral nanoparticles as ultrasensitive reporters in lateral-flow assays”, Analyst, DOI: 10.1039/c3an00891f

    , 2013
  32. Cacao EC, Sherlock T, Nasrullah A, Kemper S, Knoop J, Kourentzi K, Ruchhoeft P, Stein GE, Atmar RL, Willson RC,

    “Helium-beam shadowing for high spatial resolution patterning of antibodies on microstructured diagnostic surfaces”, Biointerphases, 8(9)

    , 2013
  33. Kanakaraj I, Chen WH, Poongavanam M, Dhamane S, Stagg LG, Ladbury JE, Kourentzi K, Strych U, Willson RC,

    “Biophysical characterization of VEGF-aHt DNA aptamer interactions. Int. J. Biol. Macromol.”,  57:69-75

    , 2013
  34. Chen, W. H.; Fu, J. Y.; Kourentzi, K.; Willson, R. C.,

    Nucleic acid affinity of clustered-charge anion exchange adsorbents: Effects of ionic strength and ligand density. Journal of Chromatography A 2011, 1218 (2), 258-262.

    , 2011
  35. Daniels, C. R.; Reznik, C.; Kilmer, R.; Felipe, M. J.; Tria, M. C. R.; Kourentzi, K.; Chen, W. H.; Advincula, R. C.; Willson, R. C.; Landes, C. F.,

    Permeability of anti-fouling PEGylated surfaces probed by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. Colloids and Surfaces B-Biointerfaces 2011, 88 (1), 31-38.

    , 2011
  36. Gijavanekar, C.; Anez-Lingerfelt, M.; Feng, C.; Putonti, C.; Fox, G. E.; Sabo, A.; Fofanov, Y.; Willson, R. C.,

    PCR detection of nearly any dengue virus strain using a highly sensitive primer 'cocktail'. Febs Journal 2011, 278 (10), 1676-1687.

    , 2011
  37. Kanakaraj I, Jewell DL, Murphy JC, Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Removal of PCR Error Products and Unincorporated Primers by Metal-Chelate Affinity Chromatography,” PLoS One,6(1):e14512

    , 2011
  38. Kanakaraj, I.; Jewell, D. L.; Murphy, J. C.; Fox, G. E.; Willson, R. C.,

    Removal of PCR Error Products and Unincorporated Primers by Metal-Chelate Affinity Chromatography. Plos One 2011, 6 (1).

    , 2011
  39. Sherlock, T.; Nasrullah, A.; Litvinov, J.; Cacao, E.; Knoop, J.; Kemper, S.; Kourentzi, K.; Kar, A.; Ruchhoeft, P.; Willson, R.,

    Suspended, micron-scale corner cube retroreflectors as ultra-bright optical labels. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 2011, 29 (6).

    , 2011
  40. Liu Y, Stepanov VG, Strych U, Willson RC, Jackson GW, Fox GE.,

    “DNAzyme-mediated recovery of small recombinant RNAs from a 5S rRNA-derived chimera expressed in Escherichia coli,” BMC Biotechnol.10:85

    , 2010
  41. Potty AS, Kourentzi K, Fang H, Schuck P, Willson RC,

    “Biophysical characterization of DNA and RNA aptamer interactions with hen egg lysozyme,” Int J Biol Macromol. (ePub)

    , 2010
  42. Añez-Lingerfelt M, Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Reduction of DNA contamination in RNA samples for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction using selective precipitation by compaction agents,” Anal Biochem.384(1):79-85

    , 2009
  43. Mohan S, Kourentzi K, Schick KA, Uehara C, Lipschultz CA, Acchione M, Desantis ME, Smith-Gill SJ, Willson RC.,

    “Association Energetics of Cross-Reactive and Specific Antibodies,” Biochemistry

    , 2009
  44. Potty AS, Kourentzi K, Fang H, Jackson GW, Zhang X, Legge GB, Willson RC.,

    “Biophysical characterization of DNA aptamer interactions with vascular endothelial growth factor,”Biopolymers.91(2):145-56

    , 2009
  45. Zhang X, Potty AS, Jackson GW, Stepanov V, Tang A, Liu Y, Kourentzi K, Strych U, Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Engineered 5S ribosomal RNAs displaying aptamers recognizing vascular endothelial growth factor and malachite green,” J Mol Recognit.22(2):154-61

    , 2009
  46. Zuo G,Roberts DJ,Lehman SG,Jackson GW,Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Molecular assessment of salt-tolerant, perchlorate- and nitrate-reducing microbial cultures,” Water Sci Technol.,60(7):1745-1756

    , 2009
  47. Añez M, Putonti C, Fox GE, Fofanov Y, Willson RC.,

    “Exhaustive computational identification of pathogen sequences far-distant from background genomes: Identification and experimental verification of human-blind dengue PCR primers,” J Biotechnol.,133(3):267-76

    , 2008
  48. Basile LJ, Willson RC, Sewell BT, Benedik MJ.,

    “Genome mining of cyanide-degrading nitrilases from filamentous fungi,” Appl Microbiol Biotechnol.80(3):427-35

    , 2008
  49. Jackson GW, McNichols RJ, Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Toward Universal Flavivirus Identification by Mass Cataloging,” J Mol Diagn.10(2):135-141

    , 2008
  50. Kourentzi K, Srinivasan M, Smith-Gill SJ, Willson RC.,

    “Conformational flexibility and kinetic complexity in antibody-antigen interactions,” J Mol Recognit.21(2):114-21

    , 2008
  51. Nick Taylor J, Darugar Q, Kourentzi K, Willson RC, Landes CF.,

    “Dynamics of an anti-VEGF DNA aptamer: a single-molecule study,” Biochem Biophys Res Commun.373(2):213-8

    , 2008
  52. Peterson KJ, Sadowsky JD, Scheef EA, Pal S, Kourentzi KD, Willson RC, Bresnick EH, Sheibani N, Gellman SH.,

    “A fluorescence polarization assay for identifying ligands that bind to vascular endothelial growth factor,” Anal Biochem.378(1):8-14

    , 2008
  53. Vu BV, Litvinov D, Willson RC.,

    “Gold nanoparticle effects in polymerase chain reaction: favoring of smaller products by polymerase adsorption,” Anal Chem.80(14):5462-7

    , 2008
  54. Cano T, Offringa N, Willson RC.,

    “The effectiveness of three multi-component binding models in describing the binary competitive equilibrium adsorption of two cytochrome b(5) mutants,” J Chromatogr A.1144(2):197-202

    , 2007
  55. Fu JY, Balan S, Potty A, Nguyen V, Willson RC.,

    “Enhanced protein affinity and selectivity of clustered-charge anion-exchange adsorbents,” Anal Chem.79(23):9060-5

    , 2007
  56. Jackson GW, McNichols RJ, Fox GE, and Willson RC.,

    “Universal bacterial identification by mass spectrometry of 16S ribosomal RNA cleavage products,” International Journal of Mass Spectrometry261(2-3):218-226

    , 2007
  57. Larios-Sanz M, Kourentzi KD, Warmflash D, Jones J, Pierson DL, Willson RC, Fox GE.,

    “16S rRNA beacons for bacterial monitoring during human space missions,” Aviat Space Environ Med.78(4 Suppl):A43-7

    , 2007
  58. Ortego BC, Whittenton JJ, Li H, Tu SC, Willson RC.,

    “In vivo translational inaccuracy in Escherichia coli: missense reporting using extremely low activity mutants of Vibrio harveyi luciferase,” Biochemistry46(48):13864-73

    , 2007
  59. Svitel J, Boukari H, Van Ryk D, Willson RC, Schuck P.,

    “Probing the functional heterogeneity of surface binding sites by analysis of experimental binding traces and the effect of mass transport limitation,” Biophys J.92(5):1742-58

    , 2007
  60. Tucker DL, Ott CM, Huff S, Fofanov Y, Pierson DL, Willson RC, Fox GE.,

    “Characterization of Escherichia coli MG1655 grown in a low-shear modeled microgravity environment,” BMC Microbiol.7(1):15

    , 2007
  61. Fu JY, Potty AS, Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Water-elutability of nucleic acids from metal-chelate affinity adsorbents: enhancement by control of surface charge density,” J Mol Recognit.,19(4):348-53

    , 2006
  62. Jackson GW, McNichols RJ, Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Bacterial genotyping by 16S rRNA mass cataloging,” BMC Bioinformatics7:321

    , 2006
  63. Murphy JC, Cano T, Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Compaction agent protection of nucleic acids during mechanical lysis,” Biotechnol Prog.22(2):519-22

    , 2006
  64. Potty AS, Fu JY, Balan S, Haymore BL, Hill DJ, Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Neutral additives enhance the metal-chelate affinity adsorption of nucleic acids: role of water activity,” J Chromatogr A.1115(1-2):88-92

    , 2006
  65. Putonti C, Chumakov S, Mitra R, Fox GE, Willson RC, and Fofanov Y.,

    “Human-blind probes and primers for dengue virus identification,” FEBS J.273(2):398-408

    , 2006
  66. Zhang Z, Jackson GW, Fox GE, Willson RC.,

    “Microbial identification by mass cataloging,”BMC Bioinformatics7:117

    , 2006
  67. Cano T, Murphy JC, Fox GE, & Willson R.C.,

    “Separation of Genomic DNA from Plasmid DNA by selective renaturation with IMAC capture,” Biotechnology Progress21: 1472-1477

    , 2005
  68. Cano T, Offringa ND, and Willson RC,

    “Competitive ion-exchange adsorption of proteins: isotherms with controlled competitor concentration,” J Chromatogr A.24;1079(1-2):116-26

    , 2005
  69. Chumakov, S., Belapurkar, C., Putonti, C., Li, T.-B., Pettitt, B.M., Fox, G.E., Willson, R.C. and Fofanov, Y.,

    “Theoretical Basis for Universal Identification Systems for Bacteria and Viruses,” Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry5(4); 121-128

    , 2005
  70. Cohen, G.H., Silverton, E.W., Padlan, E.A., Dyda, F., Wibbenmeyer, J.A., Willson, R.C., and Davies, D.R.,

    “Water molecules in the antibody-antigen interface of the structure of the Fab HyHEL-5-lysozyme complex at 1.7 Å resolution: comparison with results from isothermal titration calorimetry,” Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological CrystallographyD61, 628-633

    , 2005
  71. Jackson GW, and Willson R,

    “Preparative electrophoresis with on-column optical fiber monitoring and direct elution into a minimized volume,” Biotechnol Lett.27(22):1739-43

    , 2005
  72. Jandhyala DM, Willson RC, Sewell BT, and Benedik MJ,

    “Comparison of cyanide-degrading nitrilases,” Appl Microbiol Biotechnol.68(3):327-35

    , 2005
  73. Mulder BA, Anaya S, Yu P, Lee KW, Nguyen A, Murphy J, Willson R, Briggs JM, Gao X, and Hardin SH,

    “Nucleotide modification at the gamma-phosphate leads to the improved fidelity of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase,” Nucleic Acids Res.33(15):4865-73

    , 2005
  74. Tucker DL, Karouia F, Wang J, Luo Y, Li TB, Willson RC, Fofanov Y, and Fox GE,

    “Effect of an artificial RNA marker on gene expression in Escherichia coli,” Appl Environ Microbiol.,71(7):4156-9

    , 2005
  75. Forsman, Z.H., Lednicky, J.A., Fox, G.E., Willson, R.C., White, Z.S., Halvorson, S.J., Wong, C., Lewis, A.M. Jr, and Butel, J.S.,

    “Phylogenetic analysis of polyomavirus simian virus 40 from monkeys and humans reveals genetic variation,” Journal of Virology78(17):9306-16

    , 2004
  76. Balan, S. E., Murphy, J. C., Galaev, I., Kumar, A., Fox, G. E., Mattiasson, B., and Willson, R. C.,

    “Metal Chelate Affinity Precipitation of Nucleic Acids,” Biotechnology Letters25:1111-1116

    , 2003
  77. DeWalt, B., Murphy, J. C., Fox, G. E., and Willson, R. C.,

    “Compaction Agent Clarification of Microbial Lysates,” Protein Expression and Purification28(2) 220 – 223

    , 2003
  78. D’Souza, L.M., Larios-Sanz, M., Setterquist, R. A., Willson, R. C., and Fox, G. E.,

    “Small RNA Sequences are readily stabilized by inclusion in a carrier rRNA,” Biotechnology Progress,19: 734-738

    , 2003

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