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Jacquelyn FetrowJacquelyn S. Fetrow

Principal Investigator

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics
Departments of Physics and Computer Science

Contact Information:

Office:104C Reynolda Hall (Dean's Office)
Phone: +1 (336) 758-3418
Mailing Address: The Office of the Dean
104 Reynolda Hall, Box 7225
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507

Professional Credentials:
  • BS, Albright College
  • PhD, Penn State University
  • Postdoctoral positions:
    • University of Rochester Medical School
    • The Whitehead Instititue for Biomedical Research (MIT)
  • Professional positions:
    • University at Albany, SUNY
    • The Scripps Research Institute
    • GeneFormatics, Inc.
    • Wake Forest University
Teaching Interests:

My teaching interests include Bioinformatics, Physics of Biological Macromolecules, Computational Biophysics Laboratory, General Physics, Research Topics in Structural and Computational Biophysics and Biophysics Journal Club.

For course web pages, syllabi, and other information, see Teaching.

Things that I like to do:

Playing with my dogs; gardening; cooking; jogging; yoga; volleyball; skiing; football; NASCAR racing.

Before we came to Wake Forest, my husband and I took six months and traveled the United States. See the log and pictures from this trip here.

Outward Bound 2006:

Team Tireless — Adrian, Chris, Hailie Hampton, Jenny, Jonathan, Kelley, Nathan, Stephen, Tom, Jacque, Kelly and Ray.

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Stacy HowertonStacy (Knutson) Howerton

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

Office: 234 Manchester Hall (Computer Science)
Phone: +1 (336) 758-4190

Professional credentials:
  • BSc, Simon Fraser University
  • Professional positions:
    • StressGen
    • GeneFormatics, Inc.
    • Wake Forest University
Things I like to do:

Spending time with my family, travel with my family, painting, drawing (see my cartoons website:, running 5K's and 10K's, gardening, playing with my dogs and cats.

Current Students

Brian Westwood
Graduate Student (PhD, Molecular Genetics and Genomics Analytical Sciences Program)

Janelle Leuthaeuser
Graduate Student (PhD, Molecular Genetics and Genomics Laboratory Sciences Program)

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Lab Alumni

Brandon Turner
BS 2012 (Physics)
Rhodes Scholar (2012), chosen as Senior Orator for 2012, awarded a Guy and Clara Carswell Scholarship (2012), awarded APS Minority Fellowship

Don Nguyendac
BS 2012 (Physics)

Satria Sajuthi
MS 2010 (Computer Science)
"Refinement of subnetwork discovery algorithm for biological networks."

Mary Beth Ward
BS 2009 (Biology)
Awarded a Wake Forest Summer Research Fellowship (2008)

Cam Mateus
Undergraduate Student (BS, Chemistry)

Matthew Gottbrecht
BA 2009 (Physics)

Domonique Bulls
NC A&T University Undergraduate Student (BS, Biology)

Dominique Collins
NC A&T University Undergraduate Student (BA, Mathematics)

Graham Lopez
MS 2008 (Computer Science)
"A computational method to explore the time evolution of protein cavities"

Michael Murray
PhD 2008 (Biochemistry)

Amy Olex
Bioinformatics Specialist for the Fetrow Group from 2007 to 2012.
MS 2007 (Computer Science with Certificate in Structural and Computational Biophysics)
"Development of novel microarray analysis tools and application to a dendritic cell maturation time course experiment"

Audra Lemley
BA 2007 (Chemistry)
Honors thesis: "Analysis of long range interactions in eglin c using molecular dynamics simulations"

Shane Ahlers
BS 2007 (Biology)
"Analysis of kinase active sites using DASP and PASSS"

Ashley Spooner
BA 2007 (Philosophy/Communication)

Edward Pryor
MS 2006 (Computer Science)
"PASSS: Protein Active Site Structure Search"

Huan Tan
MS 2006 (Computer Science)
"Active site profile scoring incorporating amino acid biophysical properties"

Ryan Huff
MS 2005 (Computer Science)
"DASP: Active site profiling for identification of functional sites in protein sequences and structures"

Michael Hicks
BS 2005 (Biology)
Honors thesis: "Molecular modeling of mammalian carboxylesterases provides insight into CPT-11 activation"
Winner of a Best Undergraduate Student Poster Award, The Protein Society Meeting, 2005

Sarah Yocum
BA 2005 (Biology)
"Study of enolase, crotonase, and dehalogenase active sites using active site profiling"

Mick Knaggs
Post Doctoral Research Associate

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