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Daniel Capelluto

Associate Professor

Daniel Capelluto 2013.12.09. Personnel Photo.

Daniel Capelluto. 2013.
263A Bio complexity Institute (MC 0477)
1015 Life Science Circle
Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Lab: : (540) 231-8386

The Capelluto Lab Website

Major Field of Interest

Biochemistry and structural biology of protein-protein and protein-lipid interactions

Research Slides


  • Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires, 1997
  • Visiting Scientist, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Uppsala, Sweden, 1997
  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1999 - 2002
  • University of Valencia, Parasitology, M.S., 1993


Scholar of the Week

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Daniel Capelluto, an associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Science, for discovering key processes that help regulate inflammation, circulation, and blood clotting.

Although the inflammatory response protects your body from foreign materials, if it is not properly regulated it can lead to severe, chronic conditions.

Generally, Capelluto’s research goal is to understand how proteins transmit signals from biological membranes. In addition to understanding the mechanisms underlying inflammation, he is attempting to understand how platelet aggregation is regulated, which is a key challenge in blood circulation and clotting disorders.

Capelluto and colleagues discovered how two particular proteins, Tollip and Tom1, work together to contribute to the turnover of cell-surface receptor proteins that trigger inflammation. The study was published in the Oct. 6 issue of the journal Structure.

The discovery is important because inflammation plays a role in major health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer, as well as psychiatric diseases such as depression and autism spectrum disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health.

He uses a variety of techniques, including high field nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, circular dichroism, computer modeling, liposome-binding assays, fluorescence spectroscopy, and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy.

Capelluto is an associate of the Fralin Life Science Institute and a Fellow of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.

Capelluto received his doctoral degree from the University of Buenos Aires and was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Current Research

  1. Protein domains engaged in Wnt signaling
  2. Protein domains that control blood clotting
  3. Multimodular proteins that control inflammation processes
  4. Lipid-binding proteins that mediate entry of oomycetes in plant cells

Capelluto lab website

  Julia M. Selfridge, Tetsuya Gotoh, Samuel Schiffhauer, Jingjing Liu, Phillip Stauffer, Andrew Li, Daniel G.S. Capelluto, and Carla V. Finkielstein,  Chronotherapy: intuitive, sound, founded… but not broadly applied,, to appear in: Drugs (2016). October 3, 2016

  Diego F. Cortes, Tuo-Xian Tang, Daniel G. S. Capelluto, and Iulia M. Lazar,  Nanoflow valve for the removal of trapped air in microfluidic structures  submitted to: Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical (2016).  May 31, 2017

 Deepu K. George, Ali Charkhesht, Olivia A. Hull, Archana Mishra, Daniel G.S. Capelluto, Katie R. Mitchell-Koch, and Nguyen Q. Vinh,- New insights into the dynamics of zwitterionic micelles and their hydration waters by gigahertz-to-terahertz dielectric spectroscopy, submitted to: The Journal of Physical Chemistry (2016).  October 7, 2016