February 2011

Axel T. Brunger wins inaugural ASBMB DeLano Award

About the Award

The DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences consists of a plaque, a $3,000 cash award and travel expenses to present a lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting. Brunger will present his award lecture, titled “Towards Structural Biology with Single Molecules” at 9:03 a.m. on April 13 at the 2011 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

You can view award presentations from the 2010 ASBMB annual meeting in our archive.

“Working with Axel as an undergraduate at Yale University was Warren’s inspiration for devoting his own life to computational biosciences. Warren joined my lab as a graduate student, where he combined both wet lab and computational methods to understand promiscuous protein-protein binding partners,” Wells said. “But it was Axel’s dedicated mentoring and science that launched him and, I feel, ultimately was responsible for Warren developing PyMOL.”

John Kuriyan, chancellor’s professor in the departments of molecular and cell biology and chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, also supported Brunger’s nomination for the award. He had this to say about his longtime associate: “Axel is the foremost computational biologist working at the interface between X-ray crystallography, computation and biology. In addition, he is an outstanding structural biologist working on problems in vesicle fusion in neurobiology. I can think of no person better suited for this inaugural award.”

Please feel free to send a congratulatory email to Axel Brunger or leave him a note in the comment space below.

Angela Hopp (ahopp@asbmb.org) is managing editor for special projects at ASBMB.

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