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    Brian G Pierce PhD

    TitleResearch Assistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentBiochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    364 Plantation Street, LRB
    Worcester MA 01605
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      InstitutionUMMS - Programs, Centers and Institutes
      DepartmentBioinformatics and Integrative Biology

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        1. Babcock GJ, Iyer S, Smith HL, Wang Y, Rowley K, Ambrosino DM, Zamore PD, Pierce BG, Molrine DC, Weng Z. High-throughput sequencing analysis of post-liver transplantation HCV e2 glycoprotein evolution in the presence and absence of neutralizing monoclonal antibody. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e100325.
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        2. Trastoy B, Lomino JV, Pierce BG, Carter LG, Günther S, Giddens JP, Snyder GA, Weiss TM, Weng Z, Wang LX, Sundberg EJ. Crystal structure of Streptococcus pyogenes EndoS, an immunomodulatory endoglycosidase specific for human IgG antibodies. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 May 6; 111(18):6714-9.
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        3. Pierce BG, Wiehe K, Hwang H, Kim BH, Vreven T, Weng Z. ZDOCK server: interactive docking prediction of protein-protein complexes and symmetric multimers. Bioinformatics. 2014 Jun 15; 30(12):1771-3.
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        4. Pierce BG, Hellman LM, Hossain M, Singh NK, Vander Kooi CW, Weng Z, Baker BM. Computational design of the affinity and specificity of a therapeutic T cell receptor. PLoS Comput Biol. 2014 Feb; 10(2):e1003478.
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        5. Haidar JN, Zhu W, Lypowy J, Pierce BG, Bari A, Persaud K, Luna X, Snavely M, Ludwig D, Weng Z. Backbone Flexibility of CDR3 and Immune Recognition of Antigens. J Mol Biol. 2014 Apr 3; 426(7):1583-99.
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        6. Lensink MF, Moal IH, Bates PA, Kastritis PL, Melquiond AS, Karaca E, Schmitz C, van Dijk M, Bonvin AM, Eisenstein M, Jiménez-García B, Grosdidier S, Solernou A, Pérez-Cano L, Pallara C, Fernández-Recio J, Xu J, Muthu P, Praneeth Kilambi K, Gray JJ, Grudinin S, Derevyanko G, Mitchell JC, Wieting J, Kanamori E, Tsuchiya Y, Murakami Y, Sarmiento J, Standley DM, Shirota M, Kinoshita K, Nakamura H, Chavent M, Ritchie DW, Park H, Ko J, Lee H, Seok C, Shen Y, Kozakov D, Vajda S, Kundrotas PJ, Vakser IA, Pierce BG, Hwang H, Vreven T, Weng Z, Buch I, Farkash E, Wolfson HJ, Zacharias M, Qin S, Zhou HX, Huang SY, Zou X, Wojdyla JA, Kleanthous C, Wodak SJ. Blind prediction of interfacial water positions in CAPRI. Proteins. 2014 Apr; 82(4):620-32.
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        7. Vreven T, Pierce BG, Hwang H, Weng Z. Performance of ZDOCK in CAPRI rounds 20-26. Proteins. 2013 Oct 3.
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        8. Moretti R, Fleishman SJ, Agius R, Torchala M, Bates PA, Kastritis PL, Rodrigues JP, Trellet M, Bonvin AM, Cui M, Rooman M, Gillis D, Dehouck Y, Moal I, Romero-Durana M, Perez-Cano L, Pallara C, Jimenez B, Fernandez-Recio J, Flores S, Pacella M, Praneeth Kilambi K, Gray JJ, Popov P, Grudinin S, Esquivel-Rodríguez J, Kihara D, Zhao N, Korkin D, Zhu X, Demerdash ON, Mitchell JC, Kanamori E, Tsuchiya Y, Nakamura H, Lee H, Park H, Seok C, Sarmiento J, Liang S, Teraguchi S, Standley DM, Shimoyama H, Terashi G, Takeda-Shitaka M, Iwadate M, Umeyama H, Beglov D, Hall DR, Kozakov D, Vajda S, Pierce BG, Hwang H, Vreven T, Weng Z, Huang Y, Li H, Yang X, Ji X, Liu S, Xiao Y, Zacharias M, Qin S, Zhou HX, Huang SY, Zou X, Velankar S, Janin J, Wodak SJ, Baker D. Community-wide evaluation of methods for predicting the effect of mutations on protein-protein interactions. Proteins. 2013 Nov; 81(11):1980-7.
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        9. Vreven T, Hwang H, Pierce BG, Weng Z. Evaluating template-based and template-free protein-protein complex structure prediction. Brief Bioinform. 2014 Mar; 15(2):169-76.
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        10. Pierce BG, Eberwine R, Noble JA, Habib M, Shulha HP, Weng Z, Blankenhorn EP, Mordes JP. The Missing Heritability in T1D and Potential New Targets for Prevention. J Diabetes Res. 2013; 2013:737485.
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        11. Pierce BG, Weng Z. A flexible docking approach for prediction of T cell receptor-peptide-MHC complexes. Protein Sci. 2013 Jan; 22(1):35-46.
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        12. Wang J, Zhuang J, Iyer S, Lin XY, Greven MC, Kim BH, Moore J, Pierce BG, Dong X, Virgil D, Birney E, Hung JH, Weng Z. Factorbook.org: a Wiki-based database for transcription factor-binding data generated by the ENCODE consortium. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Jan; 41(Database issue):D171-6.
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        13. Wang J, Zhuang J, Iyer S, Lin X, Whitfield TW, Greven MC, Pierce BG, Dong X, Kundaje A, Cheng Y, Rando OJ, Birney E, Myers RM, Noble WS, Snyder M, Weng Z. Sequence features and chromatin structure around the genomic regions bound by 119 human transcription factors. Genome Res. 2012 Sep; 22(9):1798-812.
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        14. Sacha JB, Kim IJ, Chen L, Ullah JH, Goodwin DA, Simmons HA, Schenkman DI, von Pelchrzim F, Gifford RJ, Nimityongskul FA, Newman LP, Wildeboer S, Lappin PB, Hammond D, Castrovinci P, Piaskowski SM, Reed JS, Beheler KA, Tharmanathan T, Zhang N, Muscat-King S, Rieger M, Fernandes C, Rumpel K, Gardner JP, Gebhard DH, Janies J, Shoieb A, Pierce BG, Trajkovic D, Rakasz E, Rong S, McCluskie M, Christy C, Merson JR, Jones RB, Nixon DF, Ostrowski MA, Loudon PT, Pruimboom-Brees IM, Sheppard NC. Vaccination with cancer- and HIV infection-associated endogenous retrotransposable elements is safe and immunogenic. J Immunol. 2012 Aug 1; 189(3):1467-79.
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        15. Hawse WF, Champion MM, Joyce MV, Hellman LM, Hossain M, Ryan V, Pierce BG, Weng Z, Baker BM. Cutting edge: Evidence for a dynamically driven T cell signaling mechanism. J Immunol. 2012 Jun 15; 188(12):5819-23.
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        16. Chu SW, Noyes MB, Christensen RG, Pierce BG, Zhu LJ, Weng Z, Stormo GD, Wolfe SA. Exploring the DNA-recognition potential of homeodomains. Genome Res. 2012 Oct; 22(10):1889-98.
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        17. Vreven T, Hwang H, Pierce BG, Weng Z. Prediction of protein-protein binding free energies. Protein Sci. 2012 Mar; 21(3):396-404.
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        18. Fleishman SJ, Whitehead TA, Strauch EM, Corn JE, Qin S, Zhou HX, Mitchell JC, Demerdash ON, Takeda-Shitaka M, Terashi G, Moal IH, Li X, Bates PA, Zacharias M, Park H, Ko JS, Lee H, Seok C, Bourquard T, Bernauer J, Poupon A, Azé J, Soner S, Ovali SK, Ozbek P, Tal NB, Haliloglu T, Hwang H, Vreven T, Pierce BG, Weng Z, Pérez-Cano L, Pons C, Fernández-Recio J, Jiang F, Yang F, Gong X, Cao L, Xu X, Liu B, Wang P, Li C, Wang C, Robert CH, Guharoy M, Liu S, Huang Y, Li L, Guo D, Chen Y, Xiao Y, London N, Itzhaki Z, Schueler-Furman O, Inbar Y, Potapov V, Cohen M, Schreiber G, Tsuchiya Y, Kanamori E, Standley DM, Nakamura H, Kinoshita K, Driggers CM, Hall RG, Morgan JL, Hsu VL, Zhan J, Yang Y, Zhou Y, Kastritis PL, Bonvin AM, Zhang W, Camacho CJ, Kilambi KP, Sircar A, Gray JJ, Ohue M, Uchikoga N, Matsuzaki Y, Ishida T, Akiyama Y, Khashan R, Bush S, Fouches D, Tropsha A, Esquivel-Rodríguez J, Kihara D, Stranges PB, Jacak R, Kuhlman B, Huang SY, Zou X, Wodak SJ, Janin J, Baker D. Community-wide assessment of protein-interface modeling suggests improvements to design methodology. J Mol Biol. 2011 Nov 25; 414(2):289-302.
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        19. Pierce BG, Hourai Y, Weng Z. Accelerating protein docking in ZDOCK using an advanced 3D convolution library. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e24657.
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        20. Bonsor DA, Postel S, Pierce BG, Wang N, Zhu P, Buonpane RA, Weng Z, Kranz DM, Sundberg EJ. Molecular basis of a million-fold affinity maturation process in a protein-protein interaction. J Mol Biol. 2011 Aug 12; 411(2):321-8.
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        21. Hwang H, Vreven T, Pierce BG, Hung JH, Weng Z. Performance of ZDOCK and ZRANK in CAPRI rounds 13-19. Proteins. 2010 Nov 15; 78(15):3104-10.
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        22. Pierce BG, Haidar JN, Yu Y, Weng Z. Combinations of affinity-enhancing mutations in a T cell receptor reveal highly nonadditive effects within and between complementarity determining regions and chains. Biochemistry. 2010 Aug 24; 49(33):7050-9.
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