Robert L. Jernigan is the Director of the Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Sciences as well as a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology at Iowa State University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1963 and completed his Ph.D. in 1968 at Stanford University. He has previously served as Deputy Chief of the Laboratory of Experimental and Computational Biology and Chief of the Section on Molecular Structure in the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He is also a former Chair of the NIH Advisory Committee on Computer Usage and has served on multiple committees on computing resources. Dr. Jernigan is currently on the editorial boards for the journals Biochemistry, the Journal of Data Mining in Genomics and Proteomics, and Bioinformatics and Biological Insights.
Nilesh Banavali received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2001 for studies on nucleic acid force fields and base flipping with Alexander MacKerell Jr. He pursued postdoctoral training at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the University of Chicago with Benoît Roux on implicit and implicit/explicit solvent models and free energy characterization of conformational change and allostery in macromolecules. He currently serves as a Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center and as Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the State University of New York, Albany. The primary goal of his research is to use computational calculations and refined analysis techniques to optimally extract free energy landscapes describing biologically relevant macromolecular conformational change. Dr. Banavali also develops techniques to facilitate validation of computational predictions with structural and biochemical data.
David L. Beveridge attended the College of Wooster, Wooster Ohio graduating in 1959, with a major in chemistry. After two years at Monsanto Research Laboratory, he went for graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. Based on his studies and research under the mentorship of the eminent physical chemist, Hans H. Jaffe, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1965. He was granted an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship to study molecular quantum mechanics at the Centre de Mecanique Ondulatoire Appliquee in Paris, France with Dr. Odilon Chalvet. Dr. Beveridge continued his postdoctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon University with Prof. J.A. Pople, where he worked on the development of INDO molecular orbital theory. In 1968, Dr. Beveridge joined faculty of the City University of New York, at first in a joint appointment with Hunter College Chemistry Department and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently full time at Hunter College. In 1986, Dr. Beveridge moved from New York City to become Professor of Chemistry at Wesleyan University. In 1988, he was granted a Merit Award by the NIH and named University Professor of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics. His current research involves theoretical and computational modeling studies of the structure, motions, salvation, and ligand binding properties of DNA and RNA using molecular dynamics simulation. He served as Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (1992-1999) and has authored or co-authored over 200 papers in the scientific literature. In addition to research and teaching, he now serves Wesleyan as Director of the NIH supported Program in Molecular Biophysics and Biological Chemistry.
Charles L. Brooks received a B.S. from Alma College in 1978. Dr. Brooks pursued graduate studies at Purdue University under the direction of Professor Stephen A. Adelman. His graduate