Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D. 1983, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Prof. Carey's research interests are in the general area of biomolecular interactions. For the last several years my group has been working in parallel in the areas of protein folding and protein-ligand recognition. A unifying theme of our work in these two areas is a focus on understanding the molecular origins of affinity, specificity, and cooperativity in the two kinds of recognition processes, and relating these features to the requirements of the biological systems they serve. We have worked on a broad range of systems, usually choosing those that display intriguing features in their folding or ligand-recognition reactions, in the hope that detailed comparisons may elucidate general principles important for folding and recognition.