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Wolfgang Peti, PhD

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry-Med

Degrees and Appointments

  • Mag. rer. nat. 1997, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Ph.D. 2001, University of Frankfurt, Germany (Prof. Christian Griesinger)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher 2001-2004, The Scripps Research Institute (Prof. Kurt Wüthrich)
  • Assistant Professor to Professor 2004-2016, Brown University
  • Professor 2017 - present, University of Arizona

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 – present Homer C. and Emily Davis Weed Chair
  • 1/2015-12/2017 Permanent Member of the American Diabetes Association's Research Grant Review Committee
  • 7/2016 – 6/2020 Permanent Member NIH/MIST (Molecular and Integrative Signal Transduction) study section
  • 2/2017 – present Associate Editor (Structural Biology, Molecular Mechanism of Signal Transduction, Phosphates, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography): Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • 2014 – present Pathway to Stop Diabetes American Diabetes Association Fellow
  • 2013 – 2017 Editorial Member: Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • 2007 – 2010 Manning Assistant Professor of Medical Science
  • 2005 Rhode Island Foundation Medical Research Grant
  • 2005 Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award
  • 2004 Max-Kade Foundation Fellowship Award
  • 2002 Ernst Award 2002 of the German Chemical Society
  • 2001 European Union Research Training Network "Cross-Correlation" Young Investigator HPRN-CT-2000-00092
  • 1998 – 2001 Member of the University Sponsor group of the Bayer AG
  • 1998 – 2001 Kekulé thesis scholarship from the scholarship fund of the association of the chemical industry in Germany
  • 1996 – 1998 Performance scholarship of the ministry for science and culture in Austria

Protein function originates from a cooperation of structural rigidity, dynamics at different timescales and allostery. However, how these three pillars of protein function are integrated is still only poorly understood. We are using different molecular techniques to understand how function and activity is created by phosphorylation enzymes, especially kinases and phosphatases.



Ragusa, M.J., Dancheck, B., Critton, D.A., Nairn, A.C., Page, R. & Peti, W. (2010) Spinophilin directs Protein Phosphatase 1 specificity by steric inhibition of substrate binding sites, Nat Struct Mol Biol,17(4), 459-464.
Wang, W., Kim, Y., Ma, Q., Hong, S.H., Brown, B.L., Benedik, M.J., Peti, W., Page, R. & Wood, T.K. (2011) Antitoxin MqsA Helps Mediate the Bacterial General Stress Response, Nat Chem Biol, 7(6), 359-366.

Wang, X., Lord, D.M., Cheng, H.-Y., Osbourn, D.O., Hong, S.H., Sanchez-Torres, V., Quiroga, C., Herrmann, T., Peti, W., Benedik, M.J., Page, R. & Wood, T.K. (2012) A new type V toxin-antitoxin system where mRNA for toxin GhoT is cleaved by antitoxin GhoS, Nat Chem Biol, 8, 855-861.

Grigoriu, S., Bond, R., Cossio, P., Chen, J.A., Ly, N., Hummer, Page, R., Cyert, M.S. & Peti, W. (2013) The molecular mechanism of substrate engagement and immunosuppressant inhibition of Calcineurin. PLoS Biology, 11(2), e1001492

Choy, M.S., Hieke, M., Kumar, G.S., Lewis, G.R. Gonzalez-DeWhitt, K.R., Kessler, R.P., Stein, B.J., Hessenberger, M., Nairn, A.C., Peti, W. & Page, R. (2014) Understanding Retinoblastoma Protein activation by PNUTS leads to the identification of the Protein Phosphatase 1 Regulatory Code, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 111(11), 4097-4102.
Krishnan, N., Koveal, D., Miller, D.H., Kragelj, K., Ringkjøbing Jensen, M., Gauss, K., Xue, B., Muthuswamy, S.K., Page, R., Blackledge, M., Peti, W. & Tonks, N.K. (2014) A novel mechanism of allosteric inhibition of protein tyrosine phosphatase PTP1B reveals a new strategy for therapeutic development, Nature Chemical Biology, 10(7), 558-566.

Choy, M.S., Yusoff, P., Lee, I.C., Newton, J.C., Goh, C.W., Page, R., Shenolikar, S. & Peti, W. (2015) Structural and functional analysis of the GADD34:PP1 eIF2α phosphatase, Cell Reports, 11, 1885-1891

Kumar, G.S., Ezgi, G., De Munter, S., Bollen, M., Vagnarelli, P., Peti, W. & Page, R. (2016) Molecular Assembly of the Ki-67:PP1 and RepoMan:PP1 Mitotic Phosphatases: Regulators of Chromatin Organization and Structure, Elife, 5:e16539.
Wang, X., Bajaj, R., Bollen, M., Peti, W. & Page, R. (2016) Expanding the PP2A Interactome by Defining a B56-specific SLiM, Structure, 24(12):2174-2181.
Sheftic, R.S., Page, R. & Peti, W. (2016) Investigating the human Calcineurin Interaction Network using the πɸLxVP SLiM, Nature Sci. Reports, 6:38920.

NMR Spectroscopy X-ray crystallography Protein function Signaling cascades Cancer Diabetes Protein Phosphatases Protein Kinases