Hugo Guterres, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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About Dr. Guterres

I earned my B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Richmond and my Ph.D. from Northeastern University. In graduate school, I studied the dynamics of an oncogenic protein called Ras using computational chemistry and solution scattering methods. Afterward, as a postdoctoral associate at Lehigh University, I developed computational tools for computer-aided drug design (CADD).

“Not everyone learns the same way, so I strive to be a flexible instructor who welcomes feedback and customizes my teaching style to meet each class’s needs. I believe my role as an instructor is to facilitate students’ learning experiences. I aim to make my chemistry classes practical, well-structured, and inclusive.”

Career & Accomplishments


  • University of Richmond, B.S. Chemistry

  • Northeastern University, Ph.D. Chemistry

  • Lehigh University, Postdoctoral Fellow


  1. Guterres H, Im W. (2020) Improving protein-ligand docking results with high-throughput molecular dynamics simulations. J Chem Inf Model (60): 2189-2198.
  2. Fetics S., Guterres H., Kearney B. Burhman G., Ma B., Nussinov R. Mattos C. (2015) Allosteric effects of the oncogenic RasQ61L mutant on Raf-RBD. Structure (23), 1-12.
  3. Suo Y, Wright NJ, Guterres H, Fedor JG, Butay KJ, Borgnia MJ, Im W & Lee SY. (2023) Molecular basis of polyspecific drug binding and transport by OCT1 and OCT2. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 30, 1001-1011.
  4. Guterres H, Park S-J, Im W. (2021) Ligand binding site refinement to generate reliable holo protein structure conformations from apo structures. J Chem Inf Model (61):535-546.
  5. Packer MR, Parker JA, Guterres H, Mattos C et al. (2021) Raf promotes dimerization of the Ras G-domain with increased allosteric connections. PNAS (118): e2015648118.
  6. Guterres H, Im W. (2023) CHARMM-GUI-Based Induced Fit Docking workflow to generate reliable protein-ligand binding modes. J Chem Inf Model (63): 4772-4779.
  7. Guterres H, Park S-J, Zhang H, Perone T, Kim J, Im W. (2022) CHARMM-GUI High-Throughput Simulator for efficient evaluation of protein-ligand interactions with different force field. Protein Sci 31: e
  8. Volmar AY, Guterres H, Zhou H, Reid D, Pavlopoulos S, Makowski L, Mattos C. (2022) Mechanism of Isoform-Specific Residue Influence on GTP-bound HRas, KRas and NRas. Biophys J 121:1-14.
  9. Guterres H, Park S-J, Chao Y, Im W. (2021) CHARMM-GUI Ligand Designer for template-based virtual ligand design in a binding site. J Chem Inf Model (61): 5336-5342.
  10. Guterres H, Park S-J, Zhang H, Im W. (2021) CHARMM-GUI LBS Finder & Refiner for binding site prediction and refinement. J Chem Inf Model (61): 3744-3751.
  11. Guterres H, Lee H, Im W. (2019) Ligand-binding-site structure refinement using molecular dynamics with restraints derived from predicted binding site templates. J Chem Theory Comput (15): 6524-6535.
  12. Hao Z., Guterres H., Mattos C., Makowski L. (2018) Predicting X-ray solution scattering from flexible macromolecules. Protein Sci 27(12):2023-2036.