Firas Khatib, Ph.D.
UPDATE: I have started a faculty position in the CIS Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Ph.D. in Bioinformatics 2002-2008 University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
B.A. in Applied Mathematics 1997-2001 University of California, Berkeley, CA
Research and Professional Experience
2008-2013 Postdoctoral fellow. Dr. David Baker; Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington. Seattle, WA.
2005-2008 Graduate Student Researcher. Dr. Kevin Karplus; Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.
2002-2005 Graduate Student Researcher. Dr. Carol A. Rohl; Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.
2001 Undergraduate research. Dr. Lior Pachter; Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
Eiben CB, Siegel JB, Bale J, Cooper S, Khatib F, Shen B, Players F, Stoddard B, Popović Z, Baker D. Increased activity through online game player guided large scale remodeling of a designed Diels-Alderase. Nature Biotechnology, (2012) 30(2):190-2.
Khatib F, Cooper S, Tyka M, Xu K, Makedon I, Popović Z, Baker D, Players F. Algorithm Discovery by Protein Folding Game Players. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, (2011) 108(47):18949-18953.
Khatib F, Dimaio F; Foldit Contenders Group; Foldit Void Crushers Group, Cooper S, Kazmierczyk M, Gilski M, Krzywda S, Zabranska H, Pichova I, Thompson J, Popović Z, Jaskolski M, Baker D. Crystal structure of a monomeric retroviral protease solved by protein folding game players. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, (2011) 18(10):1175-7.
Cooper S, Khatib F, Makedon I, Lu H, Barbero J, Baker D, Fogarty J, Popović Z, Players F. Analysis of Social Gameplay Macros in the Foldit Cookbook. In Proceedings of the Sixth international Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, FDG (2011).
Gilski M, Kazmierczyk M, Krzywda S, Zabranska H, Cooper S, Popović Z, Khatib F, Dimaio F, Thompson J, Baker D, Pichova I, Jaskolski M. High-resolution structure of a retroviral protease folded as a monomer. Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography, (2011) 67(11):907-914.
Cooper S, Khatib F, Treuille A, Barbero J, Lee J, Beenen M, Leaver-Fay A, Baker D, Popović Z, Players F. Predicting protein structures with a multiplayer online game. Nature, (2010) 466(7307):756-60.
Cooper S, Treuille A, Barbero J, Leaver-Fay A, Tuite K, Khatib F, Snyder AC, Beenen M, Salesin D, Baker D, Popović Z, Players F. The challenge of designing scientific discovery games. In Proceedings of the Fifth international Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, FDG (2010) 40-47.
Khatib F, Rohl CA, Karplus K. Pokefind: a novel topological filter for use with protein structure prediction. Bioinformatics, (2009) 25: i281-i288.
Khatib F, Weirauch MT, Rohl CA. Rapid knot detection and application to protein structure prediction. Bioinformatics, (2006) 22(14): 252-259.
Selected Media Interviews (click on show name for direct link)
TEDx TEDxPanthéonSorbonne November 8, 2012
NPR All Things Considered October 2, 2011
NBC New Day Northwest September 27, 2011
Fox News Happening Now September 26, 2011
Radio Canada Désautels (interview in French) September 21, 2011
MSNBC Thomas Roberts September 20, 2011