Lipscomb's Symposium

For Celebrating Prof. William N. Lipscomb's 85th Birthday

During the symposium lasting for 2 days, 15 famous scientists will exhibit their insight around topics related to  Structural Biology,  Boron Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry.



Ada E. Yonath (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Ms Ada Yonath is The Martin S. and Helen Kimmel Professor of Structural Biology. She obtained her B. Sc and M. Sc at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel in 1962 and 1964, separately; and got her Ph.D. for X-ray crystallography at Weizmann Institute (WI), Israel in 1968. Then for many years, she worked in USA, Chile, Germany, and Israel. She is currently the Director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly, also member of the USA National Academy of Sciences, member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, member of the European Academy of Sciences and Art Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), member of the American Academy of Art and Science, and member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She is also in the editorial boards of EMBO Journal, EMBO Reports, ChemBioChem, Acta Crytstallographica D., Current protein and peptide science.  >>Top



David A. Dixon (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. David Dixon is the Robert Ramsay Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alabama. He obtained his B.S. at California Institute of Technology in 1971; and his Ph.D. at Harvard University. Dr. Dixon's main research interest, at present, is the application of the techniques of numerical simulation to chemical problems with a focus on fluorine chemistry. The main techniques used by Dr. Dixon are those from electronic structure theory. He uses numerical simulation to obtain quantitative results for molecular systems of interest to experimental chemists and engineers with specific emphasis on materials and production processes. He is the world leader in computational aspects of fluorine chemistry with a broad range of studies on organic, inorganic and polymer systems. A major interest is the appropriate use of large scale computing systems and the appropriate choice of computational methods. For example, Dr. Dixon was one of the scientists to establish computational functional theory to solve chemical problems. Other areas of interest include simulations of polymers and of novel chemical systems, especially main group and organic compounds containing fluorine. He has applied computational methods to solve environmental problems, specifically those facing the Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons production complex. Areas of research emphasis include computational catalysis, fluorine chemistry, computational thermochemistry and kinetics, relativistic effects in quantum chemistry for actinide chemistry, prediction of nmr chemical shifts especially for fluorinated materials, solid state chemistry, aqueous metal ion chemistry with a focus on geochemical applications, the design of new separations materials including force field development, and new developments in density functional theory.  >>Top



Dennis S. Marynick (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Dennis Marynick is the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry of The University of Texas at Arlington. He obtained his B. Sc at California State University, Los Angeles in 1969, and then his M. A. and Ph. D at Harvard University in 1971 and 1973, separately. He worked as a miller fellow for basic research in science at the University of California, Berkeley for two years and as a Post Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University for three years before he moved to University of Texas at Arlington. His current research areaes include development of quantum mechanical methods for very large molecules, organometallic chemistry and biochemical theory.  >>Top



Douglas C. Rees (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Douglas C. Rees is the Professor of Chemistry and Full Investigator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute. From 1977-present, Dr. Rees is a HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) investigator. Dr. Rees is also Roscoe Gilkey Dickinson Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and Adjunct Professor of Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. Dr. Rees is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He received a B.S. degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale College and a Ph.D. degree in biophysics from Harvard University with William Lipscomb. After postdoctoral positions at Harvard and the University of Minnesota (with James Howard), he joined the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, before moving to Caltech. Dr. Rees is interested in the structure and function of metalloproteins and membrane proteins, particularly those involved in cellular energy metabolism. The Rees group has established the structures of complex metalloproteins with molybdenum and tungsten containing cofactors, and of integral membrane proteins. The metalloprotein work defined the unusual structures of the nitrogenase FeMo-cofactor and the more widespread Mo-cofactor that participates in basic reactions of the biological nitrogen and sulfur cycles. The membrane protein studies have emphasized energy transduction processes associated with photosynthesis and mechanosensation.  >>Top



Florante A. Quiocho (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr Florante Quiocho is the professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine. His research areas include structural biophysics and biology; x-ray crystallography of proteins; and molecular recognition and protein-ligand interactions. His research interest is centered on the study of the tertiary structure and function of proteins and enzymes at atomic resolution.  Although x-ray crystallography is the primary experimental approach to achieve this goal, other correlative studies employing biochemical, physical-chemical, and recombinant DNA techniques are also being pursued.  The many proteins under investigation cover the areas of signal transduction and cellular regulation, ligand and drug molecular recognition, active transport, enzyme mechanism, immunology of bacterial cell surface protein and oligosaccharide antigens, antigen-antibody interactions, and DNA/RNA recognition and binding.  >>Top



Hong Guo (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Guo graduated from Northwest and Jilin Universities of China and obtained his PhD degree from Harvard University in USA. He is now serving as an Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee Knoxville. His research interest is in the areas of computational structural and molecular biology, including application of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, free energy calculations and mixed quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) approaches to elucidate mechanisms of enzyme catalysis, to study protein-ligand and protein-protein interactions, and to understand forces stabilizing proteins. He is also interested in computer-aided drug design.>>Top



Hualiang Jiang (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr Hualiang Jiang obtained his PhD from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and now is serving as a professor in this institute. His research is focusing on computer-aided drug design, chemical biology and biophysical chemistry, medicinal chemistry and computational biology, and structural bioinformatics and structural biology.  >>Top



Jianpeng Ma (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Jianpeng Ma has joint appointments with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. The main focus of research in his group is on the combined computational and experimental investigation of important biological problems. The group has a wide range of collaborations with research groups around the world. His group is focusing on the areas of multi-resolution and multi-length scale simulation of supermolecular complexes, structural refinement for X-ray, cryo-EM and fiber diffraction, structure modeling and prediction, and experimental investigations on understanding fundamental biological problems such as the process of protein-mediated membrane fusion and the self-propagation of b-sheet-rich proteins that are implicated in a number of neurodegenerative diseases.  >>Top



Joan Steitz (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Joan Steitz is the Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University, investigator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and also director of Molecular Genetics Program, Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine. She obtained her B. S. at Antioch College in 1963; and Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1967. Then she worked as an NSF and Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England for three years before she joined Yale faculty in 1970. Joan Steitz is interested in the multiple roles played by small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) in gene expression in vertebrate cells. During the more than thirty years journey in science research, she earned countless awards and medals for her distinguished work. In 2004, she won the RNA Society Lifetime Achievement Award for her studies about RNA-Protein Complexes in the Nucleus.  >>Top



Joel Sussman (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Joel Sussman is the Morton and Gladys Pickman Professor of Structural Biology at Department of Structural Biology of Weizmann Institute of Science and the Director of the Israel Structural Proteomics Center. He is the member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the Editorial board for the journal: Proteins & PEDS, and member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the EC-BIOXHIT Project, also the member of The Scientific Review Board - Institute for the Study of Aging. He obtained his B.A. at Cornell University in 1965, and his Ph.D. for biophysics at MIT in 1972. His group is studying the 3D structure/function of nervous system proteins, such as acetylcholinesterase, cholinesterase-like adhesion molecules (CLAMs), snake toxins, β-glucosidase, β-secretase and paraoxonase. Their goal is to find new leads for treating neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's Disease. They are also researching natively unfolded proteins and how proteins adapt to extreme environments, e.g. halotolerant proteins.  >>Top



Kurt L. Krause (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Kurt Krause is the professor for Biology and Biochemistry of the University of Houston. He obtained his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine in 1980, his B. A. and Ph. D. at the Department of Chemistry of Harvard University in 1983 and 1986, respectively. His research areas include structural biology of infectious diseases, structure-aided drug design, protein crystallography, x-ray diffraction, structure and function of enzymes and proteins including antibiotic targets, redox proteins, nucleases, luciferase, and bacterial pathogenesis factors.  >>Top



Michael L. McKee (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Micheal Mckee is the professor of Auburn Center for Molecular Modeling, Department of Chemistry of Auburn University. He obtained his Ph. D. at University of Texas at Austin in 1977 and then as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University between 1979 and 1981. His research area mainly addresses inorganic chemistry, which includes computational inorganic chemistry, reaction mechanisms, electron deficient molecules, atmospheric chemistry, radical-neutral interactions, NLO properties of organic polymers.  >>Top



Rodney J. Bartlett (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Rodney Bartlett is the Graduate Research Professor of Chemistry and Physics of University of Florida. He obtained his B.S. for Chemistry and Mathematics (double major) at Millsaps College in 1966, and his Ph. D. for Quantum Chemistry at University of Florida in 1971, and then as a postdoctoral Fellow at Aarhus University in Denmark and the Johns Hopkins University for three years. His Areas of specialization include quantum chemistry, molecular electronic structure and spectra, ab initio many-electron methods. His group is also responsible for the widely used ACES II program system. He is the author of 30 book chapters and over 400 journal articles.  >>Top



Tom Steitz  (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Dr. Tom Steitz is the Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University, and investigator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He obtained his B.A. at Lawrence College in 1962, and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1966; then he worked as a postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (England) for four years before he joined the Yale Faculty in 1970. His group's general goal has been to understand the biological functions of proteins and nucleic acids in terms of their detailed molecular structure. They have focused on two overlapping areas: enzyme reaction mechanisms, and protein-nucleic acid interactions exhibited in replication, transcription, translation and recombination.  >>Top



Zihe Rao (Homepage CV: English Chinese)

Zihe Rao is a Member of the Chinese Academy of Science, a Member of the Third World Academy of Science, a molecular biophysicist and structural biologist. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1977, and in 1982 he attained his Master's degree from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Science. He received his doctorate from Melbourne University in 1989, and from 1989 - 1996 he was engaged in research work in Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Oxford University. Presently, he holds the following appointments concurrently: Director-general of the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Science; Director of the National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules; Professor of Tsinghua University; Vice-dean of the School of Life Science and Medicine in Tsinghua University. He also holds the posts of Vice-president of the International Organization for Biological Crystallography; member of the "863" Project biology and modern agricultural technology expert board committee; Executive member of the Chinese Biophysics Association concurrently with Chairman of the Macromolecular Committee; and President of the Chinese Crystallography Society.
Professor Zihe Rao is mainly engaged in the study of the three-dimensional structures of significant proteins related to human disease or with important physiological functions, as well as in proteomics and innovative drug design. To date he has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals such as Cell, Nature, PNAS, J Biol Chem., J Mol Biol., J Am Chem Soc. and so on. His research group has already systematically expressed 200 important proteins related human health and disease, and determined the crystal structures of 70 proteins.
Professor Zihe Rao attained the Hong Kong "Qiushi Outstanding Scientist Prize in Life Sciences" in 1999, and in 2000 was awarded by the Ministry of Education as a "Yangtze River Distinguished Scholar" professor. In 2003 he received the "He Liang Heli Foundation Science and Technology Prize". 

Ada E. Yonath

David A. Dixon

Dennis S. Marynick

Douglas C. Rees

Florante A. Quiocho

Hong Guo

Hualiang Jiang

Jianpeng Ma

Joan Steitz

Joel Sussman

Kurt L. Krause

Michael L. McKee

Rodney J. Bartlett

Tom Steitz

Zihe Rao