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Kurtis Anderson



Kurtis M. Anderson received a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2014, where his doctoral research encompassed molecular biophysics and the thermodynamics of protein-DNA interactions.  Dr. Anderson was the recipient of a Keck Fellowship for Computational and Structural Biology in Biodefense, and received training in the areas of virology, technical computing, and rational aptamer design.  As a post-doctoral researcher, his work included the chemical synthesis of modified oligonucleotides for diagnostic and therapeutic uses.

Dr. Anderson is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.



Anderson K, Esadze A, Manoharan M, Bruschweiler R, Gorenstein D, Iwahara J.  Direct observation of the ion-pair dynamics at a protein–DNA interface by NMR spectroscopy.  Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013; 135(9): 3613–3619.

Anderson K, Nguyen D, Esadze A, Zandarashvili L, Gorenstein D, and Iwahara J.  A chemical approach for site-specific identification of NMR signals from protein side-chain NH3+ groups forming intermolecular ion pairs in protein-nucleic acids complexes.  Journal of Biological NMR, 2015; 62(1): 1–5.  

Zandarashvili L, Nguyen D, Anderson K, White M, Gorenstein D, Iwahara J.  Entropic enhancement of protein-DNA affinity by oxygen-to-sulfur substitution in DNA phosphate.  Biophysical Journal, 2015; 109(5): 1026–1037.

Samanta S, Anderson K, Moran S, Hawke D, Gorenstein D, Fornage M.  Characterization of a human 12/15-lipoxygenase promoter variant associated with atherosclerosis identifies vimentin as a promoter binding protein.  PLoS ONE, 2012; 7(8): e42417.

Volk D, Anderson K, Gandham S, May F, Li L, Beasley D, Barrett A, Gorenstein D.  NMR assignments of the sylvatic dengue 1 virus envelope protein domain III.  Biomolecular NMR assignments, 2008; 2(2): 155–157.