Jason W. Labonte, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow ~ Gray Lab

Johns Hopkins University ~ Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Maryland Hall ~ 3400 North Charles Street ~ Baltimore, MD  21218
Office: Maryland 306 ~ <JWLabonte@jhu.edu> ~ 410-516-7308 (W)

Education


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2011
“Probing the Active Sites of Biosynthetic Enzymes”
Grove City College, Grove City, PA
B.S. Biochemistry, 2001
Magna cum Laude

Research Experience


2011–present Postdoctoral Fellowship with Professor Jeffrey J. Gray
  • Modeling fusion domain proteins
  • Maintenance of the PyRosetta platform, website, and workbook
  • Developing carbohydrate integration into the Rosetta modeling suite
2001–2011 Graduate Research with Professor Craig A. Townsend
Department of Chemistry
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Engineering of β-lactam synthetase substrate specificity
  • Modeling studies of polyketide synthase domains
  • Modeling studies and inhibitor synthesis for ThnT, a self-cleaving hydrolase involved in thienamycin biosynthesis
2000–2001 Undergraduate Research with Professor Charles E. Kriley
Department of Chemistry
Grove City College, Grove City, PA
  • Synthesis and characterization of metal-ligand complexes
1995&1996 Research with Professor Mary Wiedenhoeft
Department of Agriculture
University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Agricultural fieldwork on the effectiveness of various weed control methods

Teaching Experience


Fall 2011–present Editing of & Writing Additional Workshops for The PyRosetta Interactive Platform for Protein Structure Prediction and Design: A Set of Educational Modules
Johns Hopkins University
Spring & Summer
2013
Mentorship of Thuy-My Le, undergraduate and post-bachelor student
Johns Hopkins University
Fall 2012 Mentorship of Damjan Nisevic, high school student from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Johns Hopkins University
Summer 2012 Mentorship of Boon Uranukul, Recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Technology Fellowship: “Taking PyRosetta to the Next Level”
Johns Hopkins University
Spring 2012 Head Teaching Assistant: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering EN.540.414/614 “Computational Protein Structure Prediction”
Johns Hopkins University
Fall 2007–2009
& Spring 2012
Guest Lecturer: Chemistry KS.030.624 “Bioorganic & Natural Product Chemistry”
Johns Hopkins University
Fall 2010 Head Teaching Assistant: Chemistry KS.030.205 “Organic Chemistry”
Johns Hopkins University
Spring 2008,2010 Co-Lecturer: Teacher Preparation ED.810.687 “Chemistry for K–8 Lead Teachers”
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Spring 2007 Head Teaching Assistant: Chemistry KS.030.206 “Organic Chemistry”
Johns Hopkins University
Spring 2006 Teaching Assistant: Chemistry KS.030.206 “Organic Chemistry”
Johns Hopkins University
Fall 2004 Private Tutor in Organic Chemistry for the Biophysics Department
Johns Hopkins University
Fall 2003 Guest Lecturer: Chemistry KS.030.206 “Organic Chemistry”
Johns Hopkins University
Spring 2002–2003 Teaching Assistant: Chemistry KS.030.104 “Organic Chemistry”
Johns Hopkins University
Fall 2001–2002 Teaching Assistant: Chemistry KS.030.206 “Organic Chemistry”
Johns Hopkins University

Awards


Spring 2010 Johns Hopkins University Graduate Representative Organization MVP Award
…for role in rewriting the GRO Constitution and Policy Document
Spring 2003 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award ($500)
…for role as teaching assistance for Chemistry KS.030.104 “Organic Chemistry”
2001–2003 Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Owen Scholars Fellowship Award ($15,000)
…for most outstanding new Chemistry graduate student applicant

Memberships


2001–2009 Sigma Xi, Grove City College Chapter
1999–2001 Kemikos, Local Chemical Honorary Fraternity of Grove City College

Activities


Spring 2010 Chair of Policy Committee of the Graduate Representative Organization of Johns Hopkins University
Spring 2009 Chair of Constitutional Committee of the Graduate Representative Organization of Johns Hopkins University
2007–2010 Elected Editor of The Grad News, the newsletter of the Graduate Representative Organization of Johns Hopkins University
Spring 2005 Summited otopaxi and two other volcanoes in Ecuador
2000–2001 Elected Historian and webmaster for Kemikos, Local Chemical Honorary Fraternity of Grove City College
1999–2001 Member, Grove City College Outing Club

Publications & Presentations


Publications
Submitted
In Preparation
Presentations

Computing Experience


Language Competency


Updated: 2014.05.06:14:33