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Department of Chemistry

 

Gabriella (Gabi) Heller is the Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow at Newnham College. Her research focuses on intrinsically disordered proteins, biomolecules lacking a single, rigid three-dimensional structure that instead exist as a dynamic equilibrium of conformationally distinct states. These proteins are highly prevalent in diseases such as dementia and cancer, yet are often considered therapeutically 'untargetable' as they are unamenable to traditional drug discovery techniques.  Gabriella aims to understand whether and how intrinsically disordered proteins can be targeted by small molecule therapeutics using a combination of computational and experimental techniques. 

Publications

Small molecule sequestration of amyloid-β as a drug discovery strategy for Alzheimer’s disease
G Heller, F Aprile, T Michaels, R Limbocker, M Perni, FS Ruggeri, B Mannini, T Löhr, M Bonomi, A De Simone, I Felli, R Pierattelli, T Knowles, C Dobson, M Vendruscolo
(2019)
Determination of Structural Ensembles of Proteins: Restraining vs Reweighting.
R Rangan, M Bonomi, GT Heller, A Cesari, G Bussi, M Vendruscolo
– Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
(2018)
14,
6632
A structural ensemble modulation mechanism of small molecule binding to disordered proteins
GT Heller, M Bonomi, M Vendruscolo
– Journal of Molecular Biology
(2018)
430,
2288
Multistep Inhibition of α-Synuclein Aggregation and Toxicity in Vitro and in Vivo by Trodusquemine.
M Perni, P Flagmeier, R Limbocker, R Cascella, FA Aprile, C Galvagnion, GT Heller, G Meisl, SW Chen, JR Kumita, PK Challa, JB Kirkegaard, SIA Cohen, B Mannini, D Barbut, EAA Nollen, C Cecchi, N Cremades, TPJ Knowles, F Chiti, M Zasloff, M Vendruscolo, CM Dobson
– ACS Chem Biol
(2018)
13,
2308
Methods of probing the interactions between small molecules and disordered proteins
GT Heller, FA Aprile, M Vendruscolo
– Cell Mol Life Sci
(2017)
74,
3225
Sequence Specificity in the Entropy-Driven Binding of a Small Molecule and a Disordered Peptide
GT Heller, FA Aprile, M Bonomi, C Camilloni, A De Simone, M Vendruscolo
– Journal of molecular biology
(2017)
429,
2772
Simultaneous quantification of protein order and disorder.
P Sormanni, D Piovesan, GT Heller, M Bonomi, P Kukic, C Camilloni, M Fuxreiter, Z Dosztanyi, RV Pappu, MM Babu, S Longhi, P Tompa, AK Dunker, VN Uversky, SCE Tosatto, M Vendruscolo
– Nat Chem Biol
(2017)
13,
339
A natural product inhibits the initiation of alpha-synuclein aggregation and suppresses its toxicity
M Perni, C Galvagnion, A Maltsev, G Meisl, MBD Müller, PK Challa, JB Kirkegaard, P Flagmeier, SIA Cohen, R Cascella, SW Chen, R Limbocker, P Sormanni, GT Heller, FA Aprile, N Cremades, C Cecchi, F Chiti, EAA Nollen, TPJ Knowles, M Vendruscolo, A Bax, M Zasloff, CM Dobson
– Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
(2017)
114,
e1009
Attenuating the Toxicity of Amyloid-Beta Aggregation with Specific Species
R Limbocker, B Mannini, M Perni, S Chia, G Heller, FS Ruggeri, J Habchi, G Meisl, PK Challa, M Zasloff, TPJ Knowles, M Vendruscolo, CM Dobson
– Biophysical Journal
(2017)
112,
494a
Principles of protein structural ensemble determination
M Bonomi, GT Heller, C Camilloni, M Vendruscolo
– Current Opinion in Structural Biology
(2017)
42,
106
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Research Group

Telephone number

01223 763845 (shared)
01223 763842

Email address

gthh3@cam.ac.uk