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David S. Goodsell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology
California Campus
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(858) 784-2839

Research Focus

Computer graphics and simulation are used to study structure/function relationships in key biological systems. Current projects include design of compounds to fight drug resistance in HIV, and development of AutoDock, our general computational docking method. Science outreach is also a strong focus of the lab, with projects such as the "Molecule of the Month," a feature at the RCSB Protein Data Bank that presents the structure and function of a new molecule each month, and several illustrated books on biological molecules, their diverse roles within living cells, and the growing connections between biology and nanotechnology.

Professional Experience

Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982-1987. Graduate Advisor: Richard E. Dickerson.
Research Associate, Department of Molecular Biology, Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, 1987-1990. Postdoctoral Advisor: Arthur J. Olson.
Scientific Associate, Department of Molecular Biology, Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, 1990-1992. Postdoctoral Advisor: Arthur J. Olson.
Assistant Researcher, Molecular Biology Institute, University of California at Los Angeles, 1992-1994. Research Director: Richard E. Dickerson.

Awards & Professional Activities

Vesalius Trust Frank Netter Award for Special Contributions to Health Science Education, 1999
Association of Medical Illustrators Literary Award, 2000
Best Wide Age Appeal Award, SIGKIDS at SIGGRAPH, 2003, for "Chemystery"
Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, 2003, National Science Foundation, Second Place in Illustration, for "Macrophage and Bacterium, 2,000,000X." See Science 301, pg. 1477, 2003.
Art in Crystallography Prize, 2005, American Crystallographic Association, First Place, for "Blood 2,000,000X."

Selected References

Rosin, C.D., Belew, R.K., Morris, G.M., Olson, A.J. & Goodsell, D.S. Coevolutionary Analysis of Resistance-Evading HIV-1 Protease Inhibitors. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 96, 1369-1374, 1999.

Goodsell, D.S. & Olson, A.J. Structural Symmetry and Protein Function. Ann. Rev. Biophys. Biomol. Struct. 29, 105-153, 2000.

Goodsell, D.S. Biomolecules and Nanotechnology. Am. Scientist 88, 230-237, 2000.

Zhao S., Morris, G.M., Olson, A.J. & Goodsell, D.S. Recognition Templates for Predicting Adenylate-binding Sites in Proteins. J. Mol. Biol. 314, 1245-1255, 2001.

Goodsell, D. S. (2005) Visual Methods from Atoms to Cells. Structure 13, 347-354.

Huey, R., Morris, G. M., Olson, A. J. & Goodsell, D. S. (2007) A Semi-empirical Free Energy Force Field with Charge-based Desolvation. J. Comp. Chem. 28, 1145-1152.

Goodsell, D. S. (2007) Making the Step from Chemistry to Biology and Back. Nature Chem. Biol. 3, 681-684.

Harris, R., Olson, A. J. & Goodsell, D. S. (2007) Automated Prediction of Ligand-Binding Sites in Proteins. Proteins Struct. Funct. Bioinf. 70, 1506-1517.

Chang, M. W., Belew, R. K., Carroll, K. S., Olson, A. J. & Goodsell, D. S. (2008) Empirical Entropic Contributions in Computational Docking: Evaluation in APS Reductase Complexes. J. Comput. Chem. 29, 1753-1761.

Goodsell, D. S. (2009) Illustrating the Machinery of Life: Escherichia coli. Biochem. Mol. Biol. Education 37, 325-332.

Goodsell, D. S. (2010) Illustrating the Machinery of Life: Mitochondrion Biochem. Mol. Biol. Education 38, 134-140.

Morris, G. M., Huey, R., Lindstrom, W., Sanner, M. F., Belew, R. K., Goodsell, D. S. & Olson, A. J. (2009) AutoDock4 and AutoDockTools4: Automated Docking with Selective Receptor Flexibility. J. Comp. Chem. 30, 2785-2791.

Cosconati, S., Forli, S., Perryman, A. L., Harris, R., Goodsell, D.S. & Olson, A.J. (2010) Virtual Screening with AutoDock: theory and practice. Expert Opinion in Drug Discovery 5, 597-607.

O'Donoghue, S. I., Goodsell, D. S., Frangakis, A. S., Jossinet, F., Laskowski, R. A., Nilges, M., Saibil, H. R., Schafferhans, A., Wade, R. C., Westhof, E. & Olson, A. J. (2010) Visualization of Macromolecular Structures. Nature Methods 7, S42-S55

Dutta, S., Zardecki, C., Goodsell, D. S. & Berman, H. M. (2010) Promoting a Structure View of Biology for Varied Audiences: An Overview of RCSB PDB Resources and Experiences. J. Appl. Cryst. 43(5), 1224-1229.

Goodsell, D. S. (2010) The Protein Data Bank: Exploring Biomolecular Structure. Nature Education 3(9): 39.


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