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SSRL Structural Molecular Biology Summer School 2005

September 12-15, 2005




Course Organizers

Serena DeBeer George, Ph.D., is a Staff Scientist at SSRL. Her research focuses on the use of X-ray absorption spectroscopy to elucidate the electronic and geometric structure of bioinorganic and organometallic systems.

Clyde A. Smith, Ph.D., is Staff Scientist at SSRL. His research focuses on the structure determination of proteins and enzymes by macromolecular X-ray crystallography.


Paul Adams, Ph.D., is a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Research interests: developing new software for automated crystallographic structure determination and data collection.

David A. Bushnell, Ph.D., is a Research Associate in the lab of Roger D. Kornberg at Stanford University. He has spent the last 10 years applying structural methods to the Yeast transcription apparatus, in an attempt to explain transcription and transcriptional regulation.

Tzanko Doukov, Ph.D., is a Beam Line Scientist at SSRL. His research interests include the determination of protein structure by macromolecular crystallography and the analysis pf structure-function relationships in proteins and enzymes.

Britt Hedman, Ph.D., is a Professor at SSRL. She has ~20 years experience with synchrotron radiation research, in particular x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Her current research interests focus on enzyme active site electronic and geometric structure using ligand and metal XAS.

Daniel Herschlag, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University. The general goal of his research is to understand the fundamental properties and behavior of biological macromolecules. He has special interest in the folding and catalytic properties of RNA, the catalytic properties of protein enzymes, and comparisons between these distinct classes of functional macromolecules.

Simon George, Ph.D., is a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with expertise in biological spectroscopy, in particular x-ray absorption spectroscopy.

Irimpan Mathews, Ph.D., is a Staff Scientist at SSRL. Research interests include analysis of structure-function relationships in proteins and structure-based drug discovery.

Matthew Newville, Ph.D., is a Staff Scientist for the University of Chicago at the Advanced Photon Source. His research interests include fundamental aspects of x-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy and the application of XAFS to studies of local atomic structures of disordered systems in material, earth, and environmental sciences.

Ingrid Pickering, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at University of Saskatchewan, and the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Environmental Science. Her research focuses on the use and development of synchrotron radiation-based techniques to structurally characterize bioinorganic and environmentally significant samples.

Thomas A. Rabedeau, Ph.D., heads the beam line development group at SSRL, and is an expert in optics design and the development of new beam line facilities. He has a scientific interest and background in x-ray scattering and materials science.

James A. Safranek, Ph.D., is an accelerator physicist at SSRL. He also was a graduate student at SSRL, and has worked at the National Synchrotron Light Source as well as the PEP-II B-Factory. His primary research is optimization of storage rings for the production of synchrotron radiation.

Robert A. Scott, Ph.D., is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Metalloenzyme Studies, University of Georgia. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the application of x-ray absorption spectroscopy to biological systems. Recent emphasis is on metal sensor and DNA-binding proteins involved in transcription and (metallo) regulation.

William I. Weis, Ph.D., is a Professor of Structural Biology, of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and of SSRL, and Director of the Biophysics Program at Stanford University. Research interests include cell membrane recognition, targeting, and adhesion processes studied by crystallographic structure determination and physical biochemistry.

Vittal Yachandra, Ph.D., is a Staff Scientist at the Structural Biology Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on understanding the mechanism of water oxidation in photosystem II by using a combination of XAS, EPR, and FTIR spectroscopy.


Megan Anderson, Stanford University

Kriszina Bencze, Wayne State University

Monica Brown, Salk Institute

Jeremy Cook, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Zhana Druzina, Scripps

Manjiri Ghate, Roche

Fathima Kona, Wayne State University

Kalyan Kondapalli, Wayne State University

Michelle Krogsgaard, Stanford University

Wu Li, University of California, San Francisco

Emmanuel Mayssat, Lyncean Technologies

Xiang Ouyang, California State University, Fullerton

Puja Pathuri, University of California, Irvine

Stephen Quake, Stanford University

Mathias Rickert, Stanford University

Daniel Russel, Stanford University

Stephen Shouldice, University of Calgary

Henrik Spahr, Stanford University

Nalini Sundaram, Los Alamos

Don Wang, Stanford University

Shengwu Wang, University of California, San Francisco

Last modified: March 14 2007.