Biographical sketch - Giovanna Ghirlanda

a.       Professional Preparation

  • University of Padova, Italy Chemistry B. S./M.S. 1991
  • University of Padova, Italy Chemistry Ph. D. 1996
  • University of Pennsylvania Chemistry Postdoctoral fellow 1996 – 2001

b.      Area of Specialization: Organic and protein Chemistry

c.       Appointments

  • 2002-present: Arizona State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Assistant Professor.
  • 2001-2002: University of Pennsylvania, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Research Assistant Professor.

d.      Professional Recognition

  • ERASMUS Fellowship, European Economic Community, 1990
  • COMETT Fellowship, European Economic Community, 1991
  • University of Padova Fellowship for Postdoctoral Training, 1996
  • ASU Multi-Investigators Award, 2003
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2005 (see Funding)

e.       Ten Recent Publications

  1. Shinde S.,Woodrum B., Cordova J.M., Ghirlanda G. “Modulation of Redox Potential in a Minimalist Heme-Binding Membrane Protein” Accepted with revisions in JBIC
  2. Halsey, C. M., Xiong, J., Oshokoya, O. O., Johnson, J. A., Shinde, S., Beatty, J. T., Ghirlanda, G., Jiji R., and Cooley J.W. (2011). Simultaneous Observation of Peptide Backbone Lipid Solvation and α-Helical Structure by Deep-UV Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. Chem. Bio. Chem. 12, 2125-2128.
  3. Ghirlanda, G. (2009) “Design of membrane proteins: toward functional systems” Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol., 13, 643-651
  4. Liu, Y.; Carroll, J. R.; Holt, L. A.; McMahon, J.; Giomarelli, B.; Ghirlanda, G.  (2009) Biopolymers-Peptide Science, 92, 194-200
  5. Bogani F., Spiriti J., van der Waart A., Ghirlanda G. (2008): "O-glycosylation and protein stability: experimental and simulation data" Biophysical Chemistry, 154, 157-167
  6. Fromme, R., Katiliene, Z., Fromme, P. and Ghirlanda, G. (2008): "Conformational gating of dimannose binding to the antiviral protein cyanovirin revealed by the crystal structure at 1.35 Å resolution" Protein Science, 17, 939-944
  7. Ghirlanda, G. (2008): “News and Views: Old enzymes, New tricks”, Nature 453, 164-166
  8. Cordova J.M., Noack P., Hilcove S., Lear J.D., and Ghirlanda, G. (2007) “Engineering Function in a Membrane Protein: A Heme-Binding Mutant of GpA”; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, 512-518
  9. Fromme, R., Katiliene, Z., Giomarelli B., Mori, T., McMahon, J., Fromme, P. and Ghirlanda, G. (2007): “A Monovalent Mutant of Cyanovirin-N Provides Insight into the Role of Multiple Interactions with gp120 for Antiviral Activity”. Biochemistry 46, 9199-9207
  10. Ghirlanda G., Osyczka, A., Liu, W., Antolovich, M. Smith, K. M., Dutton, P. L., Wand, A.J., and DeGrado, W. F. (2004). De Novo Design of a D2-Symmetrical Protein that Reproduces the Diheme Four-Helix Bundle in Cytochrome bc1. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 126, 8141-8147

f.       Service to Profession

  • Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals (Proteins, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nature, Biophysical Chemistry)
  • NSF Molecular and Cell Biology, ad hoc reviewer (8 grants since 2005)
  • NSF Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, reviewer and panel member (2007, 2008)
  • American Chemical Society Type G grants reviewer (1/yr since 2005);
  • CNRS (French NSF), 2 grants
  • “Science is Fun”, outreach program at ASU: participant and co-coordinator
  • Hosted high school teachers for 4 weeks internships as part of CRESMET program (Summer 2008 and 2009, total 5 teachers)
  • Reviewer for tenure cases, 1 in 2011
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