Alex Holehouse

Alex Holehouse
Assistant Professor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

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Publications (PubMed / NIH)

Office: 223B McDonnell Sciences Building
Phone: 314-273-8371


We explore how intrinsically disordered protein regions confer biological function and how this goes wrong in disease. The lab integrates physics-based models (all-atom and coarse-grained simulations) with informatics and machine learning to develop sequence-specific predictions. We then test those predictions either within the lab, or with collaborators around the world.

Of particular interest is understanding how disordered proteins drive self-assembly in the context of biological phase separation, with a major emphasis on understanding when, how, and why this might be important for normal cellular function.

Holehouse Research

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Jasmine Cubuk, Jhullian J. Alston, J. Jeremías Incicco, Sukrit Singh, Melissa D. Stuchell-Brereton, Michael D. Ward, Maxwell I. Zimmerman, Neha Vithani, Daniel Griffith, Jason A. Wagoner, Gregory R. Bowman, Kathleen B. Hall, Andrea Soranno, & Alex S. Holehouse. (2020). “The SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein is dynamic, disordered, and phase separates with RNA” bioRxiv. 2020 Jun 18;2020.06.17.158121. doi: 10.1101/2020.06.17.158121. Preprint (Abstract)

Jason D Fernandes, Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Christopher T Smith, Natalie M Niemi, Nafisa M Jadavji, Ariangela J Kozik, Alex S Holehouse, Vikas Pejaver, Orsolya Symmons, Alexandre W Bisson Filho, & Amanda Haage (2020). “A survey-based analysis of the academic job market” Elife. 2020 Jun 12;9:e54097. doi: 10.7554/eLife.54097. Online ahead of print. (Abstract)

Holehouse A.S. & Sukenik S. (2020). “Controlling Structural Bias in Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Using Solution Space Scanning.” J Chem Theory Comput. 2020 Mar 10;16(3):1794-1805. doi: 10.1021/acs.jctc.9b00604. Epub 2020 Feb 17. (Abstract)

Rawlings A.E., Liravi P., Corbett S., Holehouse A.S., & Staniland S.S. (2020). “Investigating the ferric ion binding site of magnetite biomineralisation protein Mms6.” PLoS One. 2020 Feb 25;15(2):e0228708. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228708. eCollection 2020. (Abstract)

Martin E.W., Holehouse A.S., Peran I., Farag M., Incicco J.J., Bremer A., Grace C.R., Soranno A., Pappu R.V., & Mittag T. (2020). “Valence and patterning of aromatic residues determine the phase behavior of prion-like domains.” Science. 2020 Feb 7;367(6478):694-699. doi: 10.1126/science.aaw8653. (Abstract)

Greig J.A., Nguyen T.A., Lee M., Holehouse A.S., Posey A.E., Pappu R.V., & Jedd G. (2020). “Arginine-Enriched Mixed-Charge Domains Provide Cohesion for Nuclear Speckle Condensation.” Mol Cell. 2020 Feb 6. pii: S1097-2765(20)30046-0. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2020.01.025. [Epub ahead of print] (Abstract)

Choi J.M., Holehouse A.S., & Pappu R.V. (2020). “Physical Principles Underlying the Complex Biology of Intracellular Phase Transitions.” Annu Rev Biophys. 2020 Jan 31. doi: 10.1146/annurev-biophys-121219-081629. [Epub ahead of print] (Abstract)

Harding R.J., Loppnau P., Ackloo S., Lemak A., Hutchinson A., Hunt B., Holehouse A.S., Ho J.C., Fan L., Toledo-Sherman L., Seitova A., & Arrowsmith C.H. (2019). “Design and characterization of mutant and wildtype huntingtin proteins produced from a toolkit of scalable eukaryotic expression systems.” J Biol Chem. 2019 Apr 26;294(17):6986-7001. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.007204. Epub 2019 Mar 6. (Abstract)