Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium

The Symposium will be held on November 7-9, 2017 in the auditorium at the Beckman Institute. More information will be provided at a later date.
“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.

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Highlight: In Honor of Klaus Schulten

Proton-coupled electron transfer at the bc1 complex

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On April 20th, the Journal of Physical Chemistry published a Memorial Issue in honor of Klaus Schulten gathering more than 60 research articles. Klaus was an undisputed leader in theoretical and computational biophysics, recognized by his peers for his immense contribution to the field, and having devoted his entire career to establish the mechanisms that underlie cellular processes using the laws of physics. Originally planned to be a Festschrift to celebrate Klaus's achievements on his 70th birthday, the Memorial Issue initiative immediately triggered a unanimous positive response from friends, academic colleagues and longtime collaborators across the world. The many contributions assembled in the Memorial Issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry lie at the confluence of theory and experiment, and cover a broad gamut of topics that were dear to Klaus, ranging from photosynthesis to molecular machines and membrane proteins. We gratefully acknowledge the many authors of the Memorial Issue, who enthusiastically accepted to pay one last homage to Klaus through contributions of very high scientific quality.

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