Heather B. Mayes
Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Heather B. Mayes, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The Team Mayes and Blue focuses on discovering fundamental structure-function relationships that govern how proteins and sugars interact in applications from renewable materials to human health. We use atomistic simulation (molecular mechanics and quantum mechanics) to determine the fundamental, microscopic interactions that determine macroscopically observable phenomena. The resulting mechanistic understanding is harnessed to engineer more efficient proteins to meet biotechnology needs, whether to break down biomass to create feedstock for renewable fuels and chemicals, or create prebiotic carbohydrates.