Current Research

I am currently a postdoc in Maria Anisimova’s group at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. My main project studies the evolution of repeat proteins, such as armadillo repeats.
Other interests include internally symmetric proteins (CE-Symm), protein complexes (EPPIC), structural biology, open-source development (BioJava, The Open Bioinformatics Foundation), and open-access science (PLOS Topic Pages).


  • Zheng Zhao, Qingsong Liu, Spencer Bliven, Lei Xie, and Philip E. Bourne (2017). Determining cysteines available for covalent inhibition across the human kinome. J. Med. Chem., 60(7), 2879–2889. doi:10.1021/acs.jmedchem.6b01815
  • Sandra Markovic-Mueller, Edward Stuttfeld, Mayanka Asthana, Tobias Weinert, Spencer Bliven, Kenneth N. Goldie, Kaisa Kisko, Guido Capitani, and Kurt Ballmer-Hofer. (2017). Structure of the Full-length VEGFR-1 Extracellular Domain in Complex with VEGF-A. Structure. 25 (2), 341-352 doi:10.1016/j.str.2016.12.012 [Preprint]
  • Elizabeth Brunk, Nathan Mih, Jonathan Monk, Zhen Zhang, Edward J. O’Brien, Spencer E. Bliven, Ke Chen, Roger L. Chang, Philip E. Bourne and Bernhard O. Palsson. (2016). Systems biology of the structural proteome. BMC Systems Biology, 10(26). doi:10.1186/s12918-016-0271-6
  • Spencer Bliven. (2015) Structure-preserving Rearrangements: Algorithms for Structural Comparison and Protein Analysis. Ph.D. Thesis, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, University of California San Diego. [Full Text]
  • Spencer E. Bliven, Philip E. Bourne, and Andreas Prlić. (2015) Detection of circular permutations within protein structures using CE-CP. Bioinformatics. 31 (8): 1316-1318. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btu823 [PUBMED:25505094]
  • Kumaran Baskaran, Jose M Duarte, Nikhil Biyani, Spencer Bliven and Guido Capitani. (2014) A PDB-wide, evolution-based assessment of protein–protein interfaces. BMC Structural Biology. 14:22 doi:10.1186/s12900-014-0022-0
  • Douglas Myers-Turnbull, Spencer E. Bliven, Peter W. Rose, Zaid K. Aziz, Philippe Youkharibache, Philip E. Bourne, Andreas Prlić, Systematic Detection of Internal Symmetry in Proteins Using CE-Symm, Journal of Molecular Biology, (2014) 426:11 pp. 2255–2268. doi:10.1016/j.jmb.2014.03.010
  • Andreas Prlić, Spencer Bliven, Peter Rose, Julius Jacobsen, Peter V. Troshin, Mark Chapman, Jianjiong Gao, Chuan Hock Koh, Sylvain Foisy, Richard Holland, Gediminas Rimša, Michael L. Heuer, H. Brandstätter–Müller, Philip E. Bourne, and Scooter Willis.
    (1012) BioJava: an open-source framework for bioinformatics in 2012.
    Bioinformatics. 28(20), 2693-2695. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bts494
  • Spencer Bliven and Andreas Prlić. (2012) Circular Permutation in Proteins.PLoS Comput Biol 8(3): e1002445. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002445 [Wikipedia]
  • Andreas Prlić, Spencer Bliven, Peter W Rose, Wolfgang F. Bluhm, Chris Bizon, Adam Godzik, Philip E. Bourne. (2010) “Precalculated Protein Structure Alignments at the RCSB PDB website.” Bioinformatics 26(23), 2983-2985 [PMID 20937596]

Conferences & Presentations