Juan Luis Mendoza, PhD
Assistant Professor
The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Dr. Mendoza is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago. The Mendoza Group is highly multidisciplinary utilizing expertise in structural and computational biology, cell signaling, and protein engineering to study human disease and drive the discovery of novel therapeutics. One focus is on cell signaling in relation to the immune system and understanding how ligand-cell receptor driven responses can be used to treat diseases such as viral infections, cancer, or autoimmunity. A second focus of the Mendoza laboratory is building computational and engineering tools to accelerate the structural determination of ligand-receptor complexes and design of protein therapeutics as exemplified by his work on the IFN lambda (Immunity, 2017) and IFN gamma systems (Nature, 2019).