William Schief, Ph.D.

Lab Info:

Principal Investigator: William Schief, Ph.D.

Office/Location: Scripps

Phone: (858) 784-7725


Category: Associate Members

William Schief is a Professor in the Immunology and Microbial Science Department at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, Director for Vaccine Design at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), and an Associate Member of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. He is also a founder and board member of CompuVax, Inc., a startup biotech company focused on vaccine design. William received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington. Dr. Schief’s work focuses on computation-guided and structure-based design of immunogens and immunization regimens, with the goal of inducing broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV and other pathogens that have frustrated traditional vaccine design strategies.


Representative Publications

(Schief lab members listed in bold.)
Wu X, Yang ZY, Li Y, Hogerkorp CM, Schief WR, Seaman MS, Zhou T, Schmidt SD, Wu L, Xu L, Longo NS, McKee K, O’Dell S, Louder MK, Wycuff DL, Feng Y, Nason M, Doria-Rose N, Connors M, Kwong PD, Roederer M, Wyatt RT, Nabel GJ, Mascola JR. Rational design of envelope identifies broadly neutralizing human monoclonal antibodies to HIV-1. Science 329:856-61 (2010). PMID: 20616233


Correia BE, Ban YE, Friend DJ, Ellingson K, Xu H, Boni E, Bradley-Hewitt T, Bruhn-Johannsen JF, Stamatatos L, Strong RK, Schief WR. Computational protein design using flexible backbone remodeling and resurfacing: case studies in structure-based antigen design. J Mol Biol 405:284-97 (2011). Epub 2010 Oct 20. PMID: 20969873


Azoitei ML*, Correia BE*, Ban YA, Carrico C, Kalyuzhniy O, Chen L, Schroeter A, Huang PS, McLellan JS, Kwong PD, Baker D, Strong RK, Schief WR, Computation-guided backbone grafting of a discontinuous motif onto a protein scaffold. Science 334:373-376 (2011). PMID: 22021856


Pejchal R*, Doores KJ*, Walker LM*, Khayat R*, Huang PS*, Wang SK, Stanfield RL, Julien JP, Ramos A, Crispin M, Depetris R, Katpally U, Marozsan A, Cupo A, Maloveste S, Liu Y, McBride R, Ito Y, Sanders RW, Ogohara C, Paulson JC, Feizi T, Scanlan CN, Wong CH, Moore JP, Olson WC, Ward AB, Poignard P, Schief WR, Burton DR, Wilson IA. A potent and broad neutralizing antibody recognizes and penetrates the HIV glycan shield. Science 334:1097-103 (2011). PMID: 21998254


McLellan JS*, Pancera M*, Carrico C, Gorman J, Julien JP, Khayat R, Louder R, Pejchal R, Sastry M, Dai K, O’Dell S, Patel N, Shahzad-ul-Hussan S, Yang Y, Zhang B, Zhou T, Zhu J, Boyington JC, Chuang GY, Diwanji D, Georgiev I, Kwon YD, Lee D, Louder MK, Moquin S, Schmidt SD, Yang ZY, Bonsignori M, Crump JA, Kapiga SH, Sam NE, Haynes BF, Burton DR, Koff WC, Walker LM, Phogat S, Wyatt R, Orwenyo J, Wang LX, Arthos J, Bewley CA, Mascola JR, Nabel GJ, Schief WR, Ward AB, Wilson IA, Kwong PD. Structure of HIV-1 gp120 V1/V2 domain with broadly neutralizing antibody PG9. Nature 480:336-43 (2011). PMID: 22113616


Azoitei ML, Ban YE, Julien JP, Bryson S, Schroeter A, Kalyuzhniy O, Porter JR, Adachi Y, Baker D, Pai EF, Schief WR. Computational design of high-affinity epitope scaffolds by backbone grafting of a linear epitope. J Mol Biol 415:175-92. (2012). Epub 2011 Oct 31. PMID: 22061265


Jardine J*, Julien JP*, Menis S*, Ota T, Kalyuzhniy O, McGuire A, Sok D, Huang PS, Macpherson S, Jones M, Nieusma T, Mathison J, Baker D, Ward AB, Burton DR, Stamatatos L, Nemazee D, Wilson IA, Schief WR. Rational HIV Immunogen Design to Target Specific Germline B Cell Receptors. Science 340:711-716 (2013). PMID: 23539181


Kulp DW, Schief WR. Advances in structure-based vaccine design. Curr Opin Virol 3:322-31 (2013). PMID: 23806515


Sampath S, Carrico C, Janes J, Gurumoorthy S, Gibson C, Melcher M, Chitnis CE, Wang R, Schief WR, Smith JD. Glycan masking of Plasmodium vivax Duffy Binding Protein for probing protein binding function and vaccine development. PLoS Pathog 9:e1003420 (2013). PMID: 23853575


Correia BE, Bates JT, Loomis RJ, Baneyx G, Carrico C, Jardine JG, Rupert P, Correnti C, Kalyuzhniy O, Vittal V, Connell MJ, Stevens E, Schroeter A, Chen M, MacPherson S, Serra AM, Adachi Y, Holmes MA, Li Y, Klevit R, Graham BS, Wyatt RT, Baker D, Strong RK, Crowe Jr JE, Johnson PR, Schief WR. Proof of principle for epitope-focused vaccine design. Nature 507:201-6 (2014). PMID: 24499818


Jardine JG*, Ota T*, Sok D*, Pauthner M, Kulp DW, Kalyuzhniy O, Skog PD, Thinnes TC, Bhullar D, Briney B, Menis S, Jones M, Kubitz M, Spencer S, Adachi Y, Burton DR, Schief WR, Nemazee D. Priming a broadly neutralizing antibody response to HIV-1 using a germline-targeting immunogen. Science. 2015 Jun 18. pii: aac5894. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26089355.


Dosenovic P*, von Boehmer L*, Escolano A, Jardine J, Freund NT, Gitlin AD, McGuire AT, Kulp DW, Oliveira T, Scharf L, Pietzsch J, Gray MD, Cupo A, van Gils MJ, Yao KH, Liu C, Gazumyan A, Seaman MS, Björkman PJ, Sanders RW, Moore JP, Stamatatos L, Schief WR, Nussenzweig MC. Immunization for HIV-1 Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies in Human Ig Knockin Mice. Cell 2015 161:1505-15. PMID: 26091035