Wayne Hendrickson


HendricksonWayne Hendrickson

American biophysicist Wayne A. Hendrickson is a professor at Columbia University at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and is a Violin Family Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics of Biochemistry.

He studied biology and physics at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, and earned his PhD in biophysics at Johns Hopkins University. He continued his work as a postdoctoral fellow at Naval Research Laboratory till 1984, when he moved to Columbia University, where he is working as professor ever since. From 2008 he is a Violin Family Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics. In 2009-ben he joined the National Synchrotron Light Source II project at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he became a chief scientific researcher and an expert on photonic sciences. One year later he became the scientific director of the New York Structural Biology Center.

His studies covers a wide range of projects, from membrane receptors and membrane proteins to intercellular communication and the study of virus proteins, moreover, he is interested in chaperons, peptide folding and the structural geometry of membrane proteins. His most important research method is X-ray crystallography.

In addition, he is credited with the development of several diffraction-based methods, like synchrotron instrumentation, the phenomenon of multiwavelength-anomalous-diffraction –MAD or the usage of selenomethionine proteins.

Hendrickson was granted several national and international awards, he is a member of the American National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was awarded the Aminoff Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1997), the Christian B. Anfinsen Award (1997), the Gairdner International Award (2003), and the Harvey Prize of the Israel institute of Technology (2004).

Moreover, he is a founding editor of Current Opinion in Structural Biology and of Structure scientific journals, and is a founder of the SGX Pharmaceuticals Company.

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