Harish Vashisth

Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-2483
Office: Chemical Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm S344B, Durham, NH 03824
Harish Vashisth

Research Interests
Computational Biophysics, Biomolecular Simulations, Molecular Transport, Cell Signaling via Membrane Proteins


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Drexel University
  • B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, National Instit of Tech

Research Interests

  • 3D Modeling / Visualization
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological Modeling
  • Biological Polymers
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomimetics
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Biophysical Interactions
  • Biophysics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Computer Modeling
  • Computer Simulation/Modeling

Courses Taught

  • BENG 755: Computational Bioengineering
  • CHE 603: Appld Math for Chemical Engnrs
  • CHE 604: Chem Engnrng Thermodynamics
  • CHE 695: Chemical Engineering Project
  • CHE 923: Adv Chem Eng Thermodynamics
  • CHE 999: Doctoral Research
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Chemical Engr
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Chemical Engr

Selected Publications

Levintov, L., & Vashisth, H. (2020). Ligand Recognition in Viral RNA Necessitates Rare Conformational Transitions. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 11(14), 5426-5432. doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c01390

Tannir, S., Levintov, L., Townley, M. A., Leonard, B. M., Kubelka, J., Vashisth, H., . . . Balaz, M. (2020). Functional Nanoassemblies with Mirror-Image Chiroptical Properties Templated by a Single Homochiral DNA Strand. Chemistry of Materials, 32(6), 2272-2281. doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b04092

Shaw, V. S., Mohammadi, M., Quinn, J. A., Vashisth, H., & Neubig, R. R. (2019). An Interhelical Salt Bridge Controls Flexibility and Inhibitor Potency for Regulators of G-protein Signaling Proteins 4, 8, and 19. Molecular Pharmacology, 96(6), 683-691. doi:10.1124/mol.119.117176

Paul, S., Nair, N. N., & Vashisth, H. (2019). Phase space and collective variable based simulation methods for studies of rare events. Molecular Simulation, 45(14-15), 1273-1284. doi:10.1080/08927022.2019.1634268

Mohammadi, M., Mohammadiarani, H., Shaw, V. S., Neubig, R. R., & Vashisth, H. (2019). Interplay of cysteine exposure and global protein dynamics in small-molecule recognition by a regulator of G-protein signaling protein. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 87(2), 146-156. doi:10.1002/prot.25642

Shen, Y. -X., Song, W., Barden, D. R., Ren, T., Lang, C., Feroz, H., . . . Kumar, M. (2018). Achieving high permeability and enhanced selectivity for Angstrom-scale separations using artificial water channel membranes. Nature Communications, 9(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04604-y

Vashisth, H., Skiniotis, G., & Brooks, C. L. (2012). Using Enhanced Sampling and Structural Restraints to Refine Atomic Structures into Low-Resolution Electron Microscopy Maps. Structure, 20(9), 1453-1462. doi:10.1016/j.str.2012.08.007

Vashisth, H., Maragliano, L., & Abrams, C. F. (2012). “DFG-Flip” in the Insulin Receptor Kinase Is Facilitated by a Helical Intermediate State of the Activation Loop. Biophysical Journal, 102(8), 1979-1987. doi:10.1016/j.bpj.2012.03.031

Strunk, B. S., Loucks, C. R., Su, M., Vashisth, H., Cheng, S., Schilling, J., . . . Skiniotis, G. (2011). Ribosome Assembly Factors Prevent Premature Translation Initiation by 40S Assembly Intermediates. Science, 333(6048), 1449-1453. doi:10.1126/science.1208245

Vashisth, H., & Abrams, C. F. (2008). Ligand Escape Pathways and (Un)Binding Free Energy Calculations for the Hexameric Insulin-Phenol Complex. Biophysical Journal, 95(9), 4193-4204. doi:10.1529/biophysj.108.139675

Most Cited Publications