Senthil Natesan, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences with a specialization in computational drug design, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota

Master of Technology in information technology with a specialization in bioinformatics, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India

Bachelor of Pharmacy, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, India

Diploma in Pharmacy, Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur, India

Fellowships & Additional Training
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Colchester, Vermont

Natesan teaches molecular modeling, in silico prediction of drug properties and pharmacokinetics.

Research Interests
Natesan’s primary research interests are in the area of computational drug design, investigating drug action and disposition through mathematical modeling and simulation. His laboratory’s research goals are directed towards two important aspects of preclinical drug discovery:

  1. Modeling protein-ligand, protein-peptide interactions using advanced structure-based techniques such as molecular docking, pharmacophore-based screening, molecular dynamics simulation, and hybrid QM/MM methods.
  2. Developing high resolution predictive models to quantitatively estimate bilayer transport and accumulation, serum albumin binding and P-glycoprotein efflux.

He also actively collaborates with clinical pharmacists in developing population-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models for optimizing antibiotic therapies.

Honors & Awards

  • Cetero, PRACS Institute/James D. Carlson Graduate Student Research Excellence Award, 2009
  • NSF-North Dakota-EPSCoR Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2008 – 2010
  • Institute Silver Medal, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, UP, India, 2006
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India Graduate Research Scholarship, 2004-2006

Selected Publications
Kim, Sophia; Natesan, Senthil; Cornilescu, Gabriel; Carlson, Samuel; Tonelli, Marco; McClurg Urszula L.; Binda, Olivier; Robson, Craig N.; Markley, John L.; Balaz, Stefan; and Glass, Karen C. Mechanism of histone H3K4me3 recognition by the plant homeodomain of inhibitor of growth 3. J. Biol. Chem. 2016 (doi:10.1074/jbc.M115.690651)

Natesan, Senthil; Lukacova, Viera; Peng, Ming; Subramaniam, Rajesh; Lynch, Sandra; Wang, Zhanbin; Tandlich, Roman; Balaz, Stefan.Structure-based prediction of drug distribution across the headgroup and core strata of a phospholipid bilayer using surrogate phases. Mol. Pharmaceutics. 2014, 11(10), 3577-3595

Poplawski, Amanda; Hu, Kaifeng; Lee, Woonghee; Natesan, Senthil; Peng, Danni; Carlson, Samuel; Neuhardt, Elizabeth; Shi, Xiaobing; Balaz, Stefan; Markley, John L.; Glass, Karen C. Novel molecular insights into the recognition of N-terminal histone modifications by the BRPF1 bromodomain. J. Mol. Biol. 2014, 426 (8), 1661-1676

Lukacova, Viera; Natesan, Senthil; Peng, Ming; Tandlich, Roman; Wang, Zhanbin; Lynch, Sandra; Subramaniam, Rajesh; Balaz, Stefan. Structural determinants of drug partitioning in surrogates of phosphatidylcholine bilayer strata. Mol. Pharmaceutics 2013, 10 (10), 3684–3696

Natesan, Senthil; Wang, Zhanbin; Lukacova, Viera; Peng, Ming; Subramaniam, Rajesh; Lynch, Sandra; Tandlich, Roman; Balaz, Stefan. Structural determinants of drug partitioning in n-hexadecane/water system. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 2013, 53 (6), 1424–1435

Natesan, Senthil; Balaz, Stefan. Rigorous incorporation of tautomers, ionization species, and different binding modes into ligand-based and receptor-based 3D-QSAR methods. Curr. Pharm. Design 2013, 19(23), 4316-4322

Natesan, Senthil; Subramaniam, Rajesh; Bergeron, Charles; Balaz, Stefan. Binding affinity prediction for ligands and receptors forming tautomers and ionization species: Inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase-activated protein kinase 2 (MK2) inhibitors. J. Med. Chem. 2012, 55 (5), 2035–2047

Natesan, Senthil; Wang, Tiansheng; Khandelwal, Akash; Lukacova, Viera; Bartus, Vladimir; Subramaniam, Rajesh; Balaz, Stefan. Cell-QSAR: Conceptual dissection of receptor binding and intracellular disposition in antifilarial activities of Selwood antimycins. J. Med. Chem. 2012, 55(8), 3699-3712

Muthaiyan, Arunachalam; Martin, Elizebath; Natesan, Senthil; Crandall, Philip G.; Ricke, Steven C. Antimicrobial Effect and Mode of Action of Terpeneless Cold Pressed Valencia Orange Essential Oil on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J. Appl. Microbiol. 2012, 112, 1020-1033

Chalova, Vesela I; Hernandez-Hernandez, Oswaldo; Muthaiyan, Arunachalam; Sirsat, Sujata A; Natesan, Senthil; Sanz, Maria Luz; Moreno, F. Javier; O'Bryan, Corliss A.; Crandall, Philip G.; Ricke, Steven C. Growth and transcriptional response of Salmonella Typhimurium LT2 to glucose-lysine-based Maillard reaction products generated under low water activity conditions. Food Res. Int. 2012, 45, 1044-1053

Natesan, Senthil; Wang, Tiansheng; Khandelwal, Akash; Lukacova, Viera; Bartus, Vladimir; Balaz, Stefan. Rigorous treatment of multi-species multi-mode ligand-receptor interactions in 3D-QSAR: CoMFA analysis of thyroxine analogs binding to transthyretin. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 2011, 51 (5), 1132-1150

Giotis, Efstathios S; Muthaiyan, Arunachalam; Natesan, Senthil; Wilkinson, Brian J; Blair, Ian S; McDowell, David A. Transcriptome analysis of alkali shock and alkali adaptation in Listeria monocytogenes 10403S. Foodborne Pathog. Dis. 2010, 7(10), 1147-1157

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Senthil Natesan

Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Office: PBS 343

P.O. Box 1495
Washington State University
Spokane, WA  99210-1495