The Kent research group is devoted to using chemistry to reveal the molecular basis of protein function. To that end, we develop novel methods for the total synthesis of proteins that enable us to apply advanced physical methods in unprecedented ways to understand the chemical origins of protein structure and function. We then demonstrate that knowledge by the design and construction of protein molecules with novel properties.
Current Work in the Kent Lab:
1. Chemical protein synthesis
2. Racemic protein crystallography
3. D-Protein antagonists
5. Chemistry of enzyme catalysis
6. Ion channel biophysics