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50th Pomona College Robbins Lecture Series: "Computer-Aided Biophysics and Drug Discovery" to be Held Nov. 7-10

Dr. J Andrew McCammon

Dr. J. Andrew McCammon will give a series of talks about “Computer-Aided Biophysics and Drug Discovery: From the Molecule to the Cell,” as part of the Pomona College Chemistry Department’s 50th Robbins Lecture Series, to be held Monday, November 7 through Thursday, November 10. at Pomona College (Seaver North Auditorium, 645 N. College Ave., Claremont). This lecture series is free and open to the public.

McCammon is a professor of theoretical chemistry and pharmacology at UC San Diego and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, engaging in biomedical research. He has invented methods for accurately predicting and interpreting molecular recognition, rates of reactions and other properties of chemical systems.  These methods play a growing role in the design of new drugs and other materials.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, November 7, 8 p.m.: “HIV, Parasites, and Other Nasty Beasties: Saving Lives through Computer-Aided Drug Discovery”
  • Tuesday, November 8, 4:30 p.m.: “Molecular Recognition Exposed by Molecular Simulations”
  • Wednesday, November 9, 4:30 p.m.: “Multi-scale Simulations in Biology: From the Molecular to the Cellular Level”
  • Thursday, November 10, 11 a.m.: “Enhanced Sampling in Molecular Simulations: Atomistic and Coarse-Grained”

McCammon is the co-author of Dynamics of Proteins and Nucleic Acids (1987), which the journal Nature hailed as “easily read and at the same time rewarding to those seeking deeper insight…an invaluable companion to those interested in the dynamics of biological macromolecules.” McCammon is also the author or co-author of more than 650 publications in theoretical chemistry and biochemistry.

He is the recipient of many awards, including the Smithsonian Institution's 1995 Information Technology Leadership Award for Breakthrough Computational Science and the American Chemical Society's 2008 National Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

For more information, contact: (909) 621-8448.

The 2011 Robbins Lecture is the 50th in the series established by Mr. Fred Robbins to bring to Pomona College distinguished chemists to discuss their current research.