Remembering Klaus Schulten
“When I was a young man, my goal was to look with mathematical and computational means at the inside of cells, one atom at a time, to decipher how living systems work. That is what I strived for and I never deflected from this goal.”
Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and Beckman Institute faculty member for nearly 25 years, has died after an illness. Schulten, who led the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, was a leader in the field of biophysics, conducting seminal work in the area of molecular dynamics simulations, illuminating biological processes and structures in ways that weren’t possible before. His research focused on the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, and on the development of non-equilibrium statistical mechanical descriptions and efficient computing tools for structural biology. Schulten received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974. At Illinois, he was Swanlund Professor of Physics and was affiliated with the Department of Chemistry as well as with the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology; he was Director of the Biomedical Technology Research Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics as well as Co-Director of the Center for the Physics of Living Cells.
A memorial service and reception was held November 7. The Beckman Institute will host an honorary symposium in 2017.
made with VMD
- Structural insights into the functional cycle of the ATPase module of the 26S proteasome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 114:1305-1310, 2017.
- Computational de novo design of antibodies binding to a peptide with high affinity. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2017. In Press.
- Architecture of the holo-translocon reveals mechanisms of membrane protein insertion. Scientific Reports, 2016. In Press.
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