David Sauer, postdoc in Wang lab, receives DoD fellowship

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 4:00am

David is a postdoc in Da-Neng Wang’s lab working on the structural biology of eukaryotic transporters. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Purdue, doing research with Professor Jennifer Hovis. He then went on to receive his PhD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Molecular Biophysics with Professor Youxing Jiang studying the structure and function of potassium channel selectivity.

David's work in the Wang lab focuses on eukaryotic members of the major facilitator superfamily of transporters. This is the largest family of transporters which import and export nutrients, vitamins, and drugs. The Wang lab uses X-ray crystallography to study these proteins and solved the first structure of a major facilitator family transporter. David's structural studies will allow for structure based drug design to address a number of diseases.