Dr Katy Wood

Instrument Scientist
Phone - +61 2 9717 7100


Role at ANSTO


Kathleen Wood is an instrument scientist for our QUOKKA small-angle neutron scattering instrument.  Her research interests are in structural biology and biophysics.




Small-Angle Scattering, Neutron Spectroscopy, NMR Spectroscopy.


Qualifications & Achievements


  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, NMR/Molecular Dynamics Group, Groningen University, the Netherlands (2008-2009), funded by a long term fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Molecular Biophysics Laboratory, Institut de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble, France (2007)
  • Ph.D. in Biophysics, Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France (2003-2007), Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, France.


Full publication list at: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-5864-2009


Selected publications

Wood K, Gallat F-X, Otten R, van Heel AJ, Lethier M, van Eijck L, Moulin M, Haertlein M, Weik M & Mulder FAA (2013) Protein Surface and Core Dynamics Show Concerted Hydration-Dependent Activation, Angew Chem Int Ed Eng. 52, 665-668


Wood K, Tobias DJ, Kessler B, Gabel F, Oesterhelt D, Mulder FAA, Zaccai G & Weik M (2010) The Low Temperature Inflection Observed in Neutron Scattering Measurements of Proteins is due to Methyl Rotation: Direct Evidence using Isotope Labeling and Molecular Dynamics Simulations. J Am Chem Soc, 132, 4990-1 Otten


R, Wood K & Mulder FAA (2009) Comprehensive determination of (3)J(HNHalpha) for unfolded proteins using C-13 -resolved spin-echo difference spectroscopy. J Bio NMR, 45, 343-349


Wood K, Frolich A, Paciaroni A, Moulin M, Hartlein M, Zaccai G, Tobias DJ & Weik M (2008) Coincidence of Dynamical Transitions in a Soluble Protein and Its Hydration Water: Direct Measurements by Neutron Scattering and MD Simulations. J Am Chem Soc, 130, 4586-4587


Wood K, Grudinin S, Kessler B, Weik M, Johnson M, Kneller GR, Oesterhelt D & Zaccai G (2008) Dynamical heterogeneity of specific amino acids in bacteriorhodopsin. J Mol Biol 380 581-591


Wood K, Plazanet M, Gabel F, Kessler B, Oesterhelt D, Tobias DJ, Zaccai G & Weik M (2007) Coupling of protein and solvent dynamics in biological membranes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 104, 18049-18054 Book Chapters


Wood K & Zaccai G (2008) Neutron scattering to study membrane structure and dynamics, in Biophysical Analysis of Membrane Proteins, (Wiley-VCH) ed. Pebay-Peyroula, p213-240.


Wood K & Weik M (2012) Bio-macromolecule and hydration water dynamics, in Dynamics of Soft-Matter, Neutron Scattering Applications and Techniques (Springer, New York), eds. Garcia Sakai V, Alba-Simionesco C, Chen S-H, p247-262.