Joshua Wesalo, PhD

Education & Training

  • Franklin & Marshall College, BA, 2013
  • University of Pittsburgh, PhD, 2021

Representative Publications

[submitted manuscript] Joest, E. F.; Winter, C.; Wesalo, J. S.; Deiters, A.; Tampé, R. “Efficient Amber Suppression by Ribosomal Skipping for In Situ Synthesis of Photoconditional Nanobodies.” Angewandte Chemie.

Joest, E. F.; Winter, C.; Wesalo, J. S.; Deiters, A.; Tampé, R. “Light-guided intrabodies for on-demand in situ target recognition in human cells.” Chem. Sci. 2021, 12, 5787–5795.

Zhou, W.; Wesalo, J. S.; Liu, J.; Deiters, A. “Genetic code expansion in mammalian cells: A plasmid system comparison.” Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2020, 28, 115772.

Wesalo, J. S.; Deiters, A. “Fast phosphine-activated control of protein function using unnatural lysine analogues.” Methods Enzymol. 2020, 638, 191–217.

Wesalo, J. S.; Luo, J.; Morihiro, K.; Liu, J.; Deiters, A. “Phosphine-Activated Lysine Analogues for Fast Chemical Control of Protein Subcellular Localization and Protein SUMOylation.” ChemBioChem 2020, 21, 141–148

Student Year


Career Advisor

Donald DeFranco, PhD

Thesis Advisor

Alex Deiters, PhD

Graduate Program

Dissertation Title

Optical and small-molecule control of protein and nucleic acid function



Training Period

2014 - Present

Student Year Term