Wladek Minor

Minor, Wladek

Primary Appointment

Harrison Distinguished Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics


  • BS, Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • MS, Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • PhD, Solid State Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland

Contact Information

PO Box 800736
Pinn Hall Rm 4240
Telephone: 434-243-6865

Research Disciplines

Bioinformatics and Genomics, Biophysics, Physiology, Structural Biology

Research Interests

Structure-Function Relationships in Macromolecules; Infectious Diseases and Drug Discovery; Bioinformatics and Big Data; Scientific Reproducibility

Research Description

Our laboratory studies macromolecular structures with an aim toward an in-depth understanding of structure-function relationships. X-ray diffraction analysis is our primary research tool, but we also employ other physical and biochemical methods of analysis. We strive to increase scientific reproducibility by developing methods and algorithms that help ensure structural models accurately reflect the macromolecules of interest and that scientific procedures and results can be reproduced. Most of the macromolecules that we study relate to one or more of a few broad biological areas: cellular signal transduction, metalloproteins, infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, etc. We are currently members of the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Disease, an NIAID project focused on human pathogens. We use the proteins we study as test cases for methodology development. Our tools are used throughout the world and address a wide range of scientific problems, from diffraction image processing to metal environment geometries to various applications of big data concepts. We have developed many tools for biomedical researchers, including the HKL packages, CheckMyMetal, Molstack, and others that have garnered over 40,000 citations.

List of Publications in Pubmed

Selected Publications