Richardson, Jane S.James P. Duke Professor of BiochemistryDuke University
The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2002-2003 (see also below)
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 1991)
MacArthur Fellow, 1985
Intel Science Talent Search, 1958
JANE S. RICHARDSON, Duke University
AVAILABLE: October 6-12, November 10-16, 2002; Mondays-Tuesdays, February, April 2003, in accordance with requests.
Jane Richardson and her husband have worked together for nearly forty years on research to understand the 3D structure of protein molecules, including their description, determinants, folding, evolution, and control. They were among the early groups doing protein crystallography; they helped to start the field of protein de novo design; and they developed the molecular graphics system of "kinemages." Most recently they have concentrated on the development and use of a new method that calculates hydrogen-atom contacts to visualize and quantify the details of packing interactions inside and between molecules, with application to bioinformatics and especially to structural genomics.
Professor Richardson pioneered ribbon drawings for representing protein structures. She first described many of the common features of overall folds and their local motifs--Greek key beta barrels, righthanded crossovers, helix caps, cis Pro touch-turns--and has been active in spreading molecular 3D literacy. She earned a B.A. degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College and, without benefit of a Ph.D., has become a biophysicist, a MacArthur fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and James B. Duke Professor in the department of biochemistry. She is the recipient of two honorary degrees