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Roberto Sanchez

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Structural and Chemical Biology
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  • Ph.D., The Rockefeller University


    Dr. Sanchez is Director of the Molecular Informatics Core of the Experimental Therapeutics Institute.


Bioinformatics: Computational Structural Biology

Sanchez Lab Web Site

We are interested in developing and applying computational tools for biological problems. Our work is particularly oriented to prediction and analysis of protein structure and its relationship to protein function. Areas of interest include:

  • Structure Prediction: Comparative modeling, structure evaluation, domain interactions, protein-protein interaction.
  • Structure-Function Relationship: Analysis of protein families, prediction of function from structure, evolution of structure/function.
  • Structural Genomics: Computational methods for large-scale protein structure determination.
  • Biological Databases: Design and integration of databases for protein structure and function.


Lin Y, Yoo S, Sanchez R. SiteComp: a server for ligand binding site analysis in protein structures. Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) 2012 Apr; 28(8).

Ghersi D, Sanchez R. Beyond structural genomics: computational approaches for the identification of ligand binding sites in protein structures. Journal of structural and functional genomics 2011 Jul; 12(2).

Sanchez R, Zhou MM. The PHD finger: a versatile epigenome reader. Trends in biochemical sciences 2011 Jul; 36(7).

Chakravarty S, Ghersi D, Sanchez R. Systematic assessment of accuracy of comparative model of proteins belonging to different structural fold classes. Journal of molecular modeling 2011 Nov; 17(11).

Zhang Q, Chakravarty S, Ghersi D, Zeng L, Plotnikov AN, Sanchez R, Zhou MM. Biochemical profiling of histone binding selectivity of the yeast bromodomain family. PloS one 2010; 5(1).

Ghersi D, Sanchez R. EasyMIFS and SiteHound: a toolkit for the identification of ligand-binding sites in protein structures. Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) 2009 Dec; 25(23).

Sanchez R, Zhou MM. The role of human bromodomains in chromatin biology and gene transcription. Current opinion in drug discovery & development 2009 Sep; 12(5).

Mobarec JC, Sanchez R, Filizola M. Modern homology modeling of G-protein coupled receptors: which structural template to use?. Journal of medicinal chemistry 2009 Aug; 52(16).

Hernandez M, Ghersi D, Sanchez R. SITEHOUND-web: a server for ligand binding site identification in protein structures. Nucleic acids research 2009 Jul; 37(Web Server issue).

Ghersi D, Sanchez R. Improving accuracy and efficiency of blind protein-ligand docking by focusing on predicted binding sites. Proteins 2009 Feb; 74(2).

Chakravarty S, Godbole S, Zhang B, Berger S, Sanchez R. Systematic analysis of the effect of multiple templates on the accuracy of comparative models of protein structure. BMC structural biology 2008; 8.

Chakravarty S, Wang L, Sanchez R. Accuracy of structure-derived properties in simple comparative models of protein structures. Nucleic acids research 2005; 33(1).

Chakravarty S, Sanchez R. Systematic analysis of added-value in simple comparative models of protein structure. Structure (London, England : 1993) 2004 Aug; 12(8).

Mujtaba S, He Y, Zeng L, Yan S, Plotnikova O, Sachchidanand , Sanchez R, Zeleznik-Le NJ, Ronai Z, Zhou MM. Structural mechanism of the bromodomain of the coactivator CBP in p53 transcriptional activation. Molecular cell 2004 Jan; 13(2).

Jin T, Peng L, Mirshahi T, Rohacs T, Chan KW, Sanchez R, Logothetis DE. The (beta)gamma subunits of G proteins gate a K(+) channel by pivoted bending of a transmembrane segment. Molecular cell 2002 Sep; 10(3).

Sanchez R, Pieper U, Melo F, Eswar N, Marti-Renom MA, Madhusudhan MS, Mirkovic N, Sali A. Protein structure modeling for structural genomics. Nat Struct Biol 2000 Nov; 7(Suppl): 986-90.

Sanchez R, Pieper U, Mirkovic N, De Bakker PI, Wittenstein E, Sali A. MODBASE, a database of annotated comparative protein structure models. Nucleic Acids Res 2000 Jan 1; 28(1): 250-3.

Sanchez R, Sali A. Comparative protein structure modeling. Introduction and practical examples with modeller. Methods Mol Biol 2000; 143: 97-129.

Sanchez R, Sali A. Large-scale protein structure modeling of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1998 Nov 10; 95(23): 13597-602.

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