C. Keith Cassidy


I’m currently a postdoctoral associate at the NIH Center for Biomolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In December 2016, I received a Ph. D. in physics under the guidance of Klaus Schulten at UIUC. Currently, my work focuses on the use of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the structure and function of large, biomolecular complexes. I’m especially interested in the physical mechanisms of biological information processing within bacterial chemotaxis.

Below are listed selected publications and presentations associated with my research.

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*Cassidy C.K., *Himes B.A., *Alvarez J.A., Ma J., Zhao G., Perilla J.R., Schulten K., Zhang P., eLife, 2015

Extra: Researchers resolve structure of a key component of bacterial decision-making
PDB: 3JA6, EMDB: 6319, 6320

Goh B.C., Hadden J.A., Bernardi R.C., Singharoy A., McGreevy R., Rudack T., Cassidy C.K., Schulten K., Annual Review of Biophysics, 45:253-278, 2016

Perilla J.R., Goh B.C., Cassidy C.K., Liu B., Bernardi R.C., Rudack T., Yu H., Wu Z., and Schulten K., Current Opinion in Structural Biology, 31:64-74, 2015

Extra: Top 10 most downloaded articles as of Aug 2015

Fraiberg M., Afanzar O., Cassidy C.K., Gabashvili A., Schulten K., Levin Y., Eisenbach M., Molecular Microbiology, 95:231-244, 2015

Extra: Selected for Faculty of 1000 Prime


Computational Modeling of the Bacterial Chemosensory Array

  • Blue Waters Annual Symposium. 2017. Sunriver, Oregon (Video of Talk)
  • Gordon Research Conference: Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms. 2016. Ventura Beach, California (Invited Talk)
  • Gordon Research Seminar: Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms. 2016. Ventura Beach, California (Poster)
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology Seminar. 2015. University of Wisconsin, Madison (Invited Talk)
  • Biophysical Society 59th Annual Meeting. 2015. Baltimore, Maryland (Poster)
  • Bacterial Signaling and Locomotion XIII. 2015. Tucson, Arizona (Invited Talk)
  • Receptor Fest 17th Annual Meeting. 2014. Salt Lake City, Utah (Talk)
  • Blue Waters Annual Symposium. 2014. Urbana, Illinois (Talk)
  • Biophysical Society 58th Annual Meeting. 2014. San Francisco, California (Poster)
  • SOPS 4th Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium. 2014. Urbana, Illinois (Poster)
  • Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar. 2013. Urbana, Illinois (Talk)

Transmembrane Signaling in E.coli Tsr receptor

  • Receptor Fest 19th Annual Meeting. 2016. Santa Barbara, California (Talk)
  • Receptor Fest 18th Annual Meeting. 2015. Boulder, Colorado (Talk)