Peter C. Anderson, Associate Professor

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Location: DISC-452H
Phone: 425-352-3281


Peter Anderson joined the Physical Sciences Division of the UW Bothell School of STEM in 2013. He received a B.S. in chemistry and B.A. in French from Pacific Lutheran University in 2001 and received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. Prior to coming to UW Bothell, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington Seattle (2007-2009) and at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA (2010-2013).

Teaching Interests

  • Biochemistry
  • Computational methods in chemistry


Peter’s research interests focus on computational modeling and design of proteins, peptides, and protein-ligand interactions. His current research projects include: (1) high-throughput virtual screening of compound libraries to identify novel inhibitors of pathogens that cause tropical diseases; (2) molecular dynamics simulations of proteins harboring disease-causing mutations to identify the mutations’ effects on protein structure; (3) molecular dynamics simulations of non-covalent interactions between general anesthetics and ligand-gated ion channels to probe the mechanism of action of general anesthetics; (4) predicting the stability of cellulase enzymes in ionic liquids for applications in overcoming biomass recalcitrance and bioethanol production; and (5) computational de novo design of protein biosensors that recognize and bind to specific small molecules.

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