3/8/2022: Students: join our spring Design2Data course: Making a Mutant. The details can be found on the FYS website here (search "Siegel") 

Design2Data Overview

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The Siegel Lab has developed an undergraduate-friendly enzyme design-build-test workflow, which has been the scaffold for a successful training in the lab and has been further developed into a freshman Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) at UC Davis. The central research goal of this workflow and project probes the current predictive limitations of protein modeling software by functionally characterizing single amino acid mutants in a robust model system. 

Workflow overview
Schematic represents Design-2-Data workflow that students engage with to characterize never-before-studied enzyme mutants

Undergraduate Research in the Siegel Lab

Through the Design2Data Program, undergrads learn basic molecular biology and biochemistry techniques and skills while they develop their knowledge of the lab's scope in enzyme research. Undergraduates have opportunities to present their work and are encouraged and guided through the process of writing a bioarchive paper, summarizing their results. Undergrads, if you are interested in applying to the lab, please checkout out our Undergrad Research resource page.

Undergrads in the lab
Undergrads in the Siegel Lab working hard!  2019


D2D Course-Based Undergraduate Research

The Data2Design project has been adapted as the First-Year Seminar Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs): Making a Mutant. More information about CUREs at UC Davis can be found here!

Students working on wet-lab molecular biology experiments in First-Year Seminar Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences: Making a Mutant. Fall 2019.


Expanding To A National Network

The results from mutant characterization increase in impact with dataset expansion and depth. We are thrilled to be further developing this project through an NSF Research Coordination Network (Award #1827246)

Incorporating undergraduate research experiences into laboratory courses vastly increases the reach and accessibility of these opportunities. The Data2Design Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (D2D-CURE) network will train and support faculty to broaden research participation and expand high-impact educational practices. The network is designed to make this workflow accessible to a wide array of higher education institutions (community colleges, state schools, liberal arts schools, as well as research universities), as a high-impact module for existing and new biochemistry and bioengineering courses. Collectively and over time students who engage in this project will be generating datasets large enough to begin utilizing machine learning tools to improve protein design algorithms, while learning translatable skills, the process of science, and developing confidence in doing research. This network serves to both train future scientists and to advance the progress of science. The most interesting research outcomes of this project are dependent on large datasets and as such, it is optimal for multi-institutional collaborations. 

We are actively seeking collaborators. Please connect with us!

2019 D2D Team
2019 inaugural Network team coming together at Summer Workshop. Faculty members are from Hamline University, Gettysburg University, Florida International University, Truckee Meadows Community College.