Robert Newberry, PhD

Title(s)Postdoctoral Scholar, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
SchoolSchool of Pharmacy
Address555 Mission Bay Blvd South
San Francisco CA 94158
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-2020-2641 Additional info
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    University of Wisconsin-MadisonPhD2016Chemistry
    The University of Texas at AustinBS2011Biochemistry
    The University of Texas at AustinBA2011Liberal Arts
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    University of California, San Francisco2020  - 2025NIH Pathway to Independence Award
    University of California, San Francisco2016  - 2017NIH Institutional Research Service Award
    University of Wisconsin-Madison2014  - 2015ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship
    University of Wisconsin-Madison2012  - 2014NIH Biotechnology Training Program Fellowship

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    I am broadly interested in how the intrinsic, chemical properties and features of proteins bias them toward specific structures, particularly the amyloid state implicated in many neurodegenerative disorders. My work integrates approaches and perspectives from the fields of biophysics and chemical biology to dissect the determinants of folding and misfolding in proteins linked to human diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Understanding what makes proteins susceptible or resistant to misfolding will inform strategies for targeted intervention.

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    Biophysical Determinants of Physiological and Pathological alpha-Synuclein Membrane Interactions
    NIH/NINDS K99 NS116679Dec 15, 2020 - Nov 30, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Chemical Genetics Technology for Probing Protein Misfolding
    Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research Jul 1, 2018 - Sep 30, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Spiers Memorial Lecture: Analysis and de novo design of membrane-interactive peptides. Faraday Discuss. 2021 Oct 25. Kratochvil HT, Newberry RW, Mensa B, Mravic M, DeGrado WF. PMID: 34693965.
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    2. Robust Sequence Determinants of α-Synuclein Toxicity in Yeast Implicate Membrane Binding. ACS Chem Biol. 2020 08 21; 15(8):2137-2153. Newberry RW, Arhar T, Costello J, Hartoularos GC, Maxwell AM, Naing ZZC, Pittman M, Reddy NR, Schwarz DMC, Wassarman DR, Wu TS, Barrero D, Caggiano C, Catching A, Cavazos TB, Estes LS, Faust B, Fink EA, Goldman MA, Gomez YK, Gordon MG, Gunsalus LM, Hoppe N, Jaime-Garza M, Johnson MC, Jones MG, Kung AF, Lopez KE, Lumpe J, Martyn C, McCarthy EE, Miller-Vedam LE, Navarro EJ, Palar A, Pellegrino J, Saylor W, Stephens CA, Strickland J, Torosyan H, Wankowicz SA, Wong DR, Wong G, Redding S, Chow ED, DeGrado WF, Kampmann M. PMID: 32786289.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    3. Deep mutational scanning reveals the structural basis for α-synuclein activity. Nat Chem Biol. 2020 06; 16(6):653-659. Newberry RW, Leong JT, Chow ED, Kampmann M, DeGrado WF. PMID: 32152544.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 9     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    4. Secondary Forces in Protein Folding. ACS Chem Biol. 2019 08 16; 14(8):1677-1686. Newberry RW, Raines RT. PMID: 31243961; PMCID: PMC6995338.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 14     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    5. The n→π* Interaction. Acc Chem Res. 2017 08 15; 50(8):1838-1846. Newberry RW, Raines RT. PMID: 28735540.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 28     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    6. A prevalent intraresidue hydrogen bond stabilizes proteins. Nat Chem Biol. 2016 Dec; 12(12):1084-1088. Newberry RW, Raines RT. PMID: 27748749; PMCID: PMC5110370.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 19     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    7. n→π* Interactions Are Competitive with Hydrogen Bonds. Org Lett. 2016 08 05; 18(15):3614-7. Newberry RW, Orke SJ, Raines RT, Newberry RW, Orke SJ, Raines RT. PMID: 27409515; PMCID: PMC5089869.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    8. 4-Fluoroprolines: Conformational Analysis and Effects on the Stability and Folding of Peptides and Proteins. Top Heterocycl Chem. 2017; 48:1-25. Newberry RW, Raines RT. PMID: 28690684.
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    9. Crystal structure of N-(3-oxo-butano-yl)-l-homoserine lactone. Acta Crystallogr E Crystallogr Commun. 2016 Feb 01; 72(Pt 2):136-9. Newberry RW, Raines RT, Newberry RW, Raines RT. PMID: 26958372; PMCID: PMC4770979.
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    10. Thioamides in the collagen triple helix. Chem Commun (Camb). 2015 Jun 14; 51(47):9624-7. Newberry RW, VanVeller B, Raines RT, Newberry RW, VanVeller B, Raines RT. PMID: 25967743; PMCID: PMC4449287.
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    11. n→π* interactions engender chirality in carbonyl groups. Org Lett. 2014 Jul 03; 16(13):3421-3. Choudhary A, Newberry RW, Raines RT, Choudhary A, Newberry RW, Raines RT. PMID: 24926562; PMCID: PMC4096190.
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    12. Signatures of n→π* interactions in proteins. Protein Sci. 2014 Mar; 23(3):284-8. Newberry RW, Bartlett GJ, VanVeller B, Woolfson DN, Raines RT, Newberry RW, Bartlett GJ, VanVeller B, Woolfson DN, Raines RT. PMID: 24375625; PMCID: PMC3945836.
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    13. A key n→π* Interaction in N-acyl homoserine lactones. ACS Chem Biol. 2014 Apr 18; 9(4):880-3. Newberry RW, Raines RT, Newberry RW, Raines RT. PMID: 24556113; PMCID: PMC4219647.
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    14. Interplay of hydrogen bonds and n→π* interactions in proteins. J Am Chem Soc. 2013 Dec 11; 135(49):18682-8. Bartlett GJ, Newberry RW, VanVeller B, Raines RT, Woolfson DN, Bartlett GJ, Newberry RW, VanVeller B, Raines RT, Woolfson DN. PMID: 24256417; PMCID: PMC3940535.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 23     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    15. n→π* interactions in poly(lactic acid) suggest a role in protein folding. Chem Commun (Camb). 2013 Sep 11; 49(70):7699-701. Newberry RW, Raines RT, Newberry RW, Raines RT. PMID: 23897514; PMCID: PMC3839959.
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    16. n→π* interactions of amides and thioamides: implications for protein stability. J Am Chem Soc. 2013 May 29; 135(21):7843-6. Newberry RW, VanVeller B, Guzei IA, Raines RT, Newberry RW, VanVeller B, Guzei IA, Raines RT. PMID: 23663100; PMCID: PMC3742804.
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    17. Role of electrostatics in differential binding of RalGDS to Rap mutations E30D and K31E investigated by vibrational spectroscopy of thiocyanate probes. J Phys Chem B. 2012 Aug 09; 116(31):9326-36. Ragain CM, Newberry RW, Ritchie AW, Webb LJ, Ragain CM, Newberry RW, Ritchie AW, Webb LJ. PMID: 22738401.
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