News

  • October 9, 2013: Michael Levitt, PhD, wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • January 4, 2010: Xuhui Huang has accepted appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology after working as a postdoc in Michael Levitt's lab. Congratulations on your achievment.
  • January 4, 2010: Dong Wang has accepted appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego after working as a postdoc in Roger Kornberg's lab. Our best wishes for continued success.
  • November 1, 2009: Craig Kaplan takes a faculty position with the Department of Biochemistry at Texas A&M. Craig was a postdoc in Roger Kornberg's lab. Congratulations and best of luck.
  • May, 2009: Elisabetta Viani Puglisi named Assistant Professor of Structural Biology.
  • February 11, 2008:  Ted Jardetzky elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
  • October 4, 2006: Roger Kornberg wins The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2006
  • April 30, 2002:  Michael Levitt elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences.
    NAS Section: Biophysics and Computational Biology.
    Citation: Levitt is a biophysicist, who was one of the founders of modern computational biology. He has been a leader in developing important computational methods that allow us to analyze nucleic acid and protein structures, and he has been a pioneer in the theoretical investigations of the protein-folding problem.
  • November 1, 2001: Scholars Recognized by the American Association
    David B. McKay, Professor of Structural Biology, was cited "for crystallographic and biophysical studies providing insights in macromolecular structure and mechanisms of microbial virulence factors, molecular chaperone proteins, and catalytic RNAs."
    [Complete Article form the November 1, 2001 issue of "The Stanford Report"]
  • September 5, 2001: Researchers crack 'code' of elusive molecule that helps regulate fluid volume By Krista Conger
    Solving the three-dimensional structure of proteins is a bit like cracking the Mayan code: difficult yet rewarding. Each solution contributes to an overall understanding of how a cell functions. Now a Stanford University Medical Center laboratory has solved the structure of an important family of cellular receptors that eluded scientists for years.
    [Complete Article form the September 5, 2001 issue of "The Stanford Report"]
  • June 8, 2001: STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY: A Marvellous Machine for Making Messages By Aaron Klug
    The wonderful x-ray structures of RNA polymerase published in the past 3 years have revealed a wealth of information about how genes are transcribed. In an eloquent Perspective, Klug describes the latest tour de force from Kornberg's laboratory: the crystal structure of yeast RNA polymerase II in action.
    [Complete Article form the June 8, 2001 issue of "Science"]
  • May 23, 2001: Roger Kornberg has been awarded the 2001 Welch Award
    The creation of human life begins with a single cell that divides into two. But how does DNA tell each subsequent cell to become a blood cell, bone cell, tissue cell or some other specialized type? And why does this process sometimes malfunction, leading to birth defects, cancers and other diseases?

    Thanks in large part to the pioneering work of Stanford University's Roger D. Kornberg, scientists now are beginning to understand the process of copying DNA into RNA, called transcription. This knowledge ultimately will allow scientists to more effectively apply the results of the human genome project to better understand disease. Today, The Welch Foundation announced that Dr. Kornberg will receive its 2001 Welch Award, a $300,000 prize given for lifetime achievements in basic chemical research, in recognition of these contributions.
  • May 15, 2001: Michael Levitt has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
    Professor Michael Levitt Professor and Chair, Computational Structural Biology, Department of Structural Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA. Michael Levitt is distinguished for his highly original work in structural molecular biology, which focuses on protein folding and the computational analysis of structures. He discovered the four classes of protein folds, introduced automated secondary structure identification, and explained how the structural segments pack.