Mu Gao

Research Scientist II

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003

Center for the Study of Systems Biology
950 Atlantic Drive, Room 2147
Atlanta GA, 30332, Mail Code: 2000
Tel: (404) 407-8988
Fax: (404) 385-7478

Research Interests

  • Protein-DNA, Protein-RNA, protein-protein interactions
  • Protein structure/function prediction and design
  • Macromolecular assembly
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Mechanobiology
  • Drug discovery

My Google Scholar Profile


Skolnick, J, Gao M.  2013.  Interplay of physics and evolution in the likely origin of protein biochemical function. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 110(23):9344-9349. PDF
Gao, M, Skolnick J.  2011.  New benchmark metrics for protein-protein docking methods. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics. 79(5):1623-1634. PDF
Gao, M, Skolnick J.  2010.  Structural space of protein-protein interfaces is degenerate, close to complete, and highly connected. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 107(52):22517-22. PDF Supplementary Data Abstract
Gao, M, Sotomayor M, Villa E, Lee EH, Schulten K.  2006.  Molecular mechanisms of cellular mechanics. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP. 8(32):3692-706. Abstract
Gao, M, Schulten K.  2004.  Integrin activation in vivo and in silico. Structure (London, England : 1993). 12(12):2096-8.
Gao, M, Craig D, Lequin O, Campbell ID, Vogel V, Schulten K.  2003.  Structure and functional significance of mechanically unfolded fibronectin type III1 intermediates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 100(25):14784-9. Abstract
Gao, M, Lu H, Schulten K.  2002.  Unfolding of titin domains studied by molecular dynamics simulations. Journal of muscle research and cell motility. 23(5-6):513-21. Abstract