The DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences

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Professor Todd Yeates has been awarded the prestigious 2016 ASBMB DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences.

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) award is given in the field of computational biology for “the most accessible and innovative development or application of computer technology to enhance research in the life sciences at the molecular level.”

The prize was established in memory of Warren Lyford DeLano, who developed PyMOL, an open source molecular viewer software and was an advocate for open source practices in the sciences. Previous winners of this prestigious award are Vijay Pande, Michael Levitt (2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Helen Berman, Barry Honig (one of our 2014 Distinguished Lecturers) and Axel Brunger. 

Professor Yeates is recognized for his multiple scholarly contributions to computational biology, including methods to design large, open protein shells capable of encapsulating cargo, methods to infer protein interactions from genome sequences, a powerful method to detect errors in protein structures, and a method to detect and overcome twinning, which bedevils protein structure determination.  He is the Associate Director, Head of the Division of Systems Biology & Design, of the UCLA DOE Institute. 

Professor Yeates will present his award lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting in Spring 2016 in San Diego, California.

The news was included in the UCLA Newsroom Faculty Bulletin Board.