Alan Friedman, Ph.D.
His scientific career is marked by a continuing desire to explore, develop and unite subfields in the life sciences, Dr. Friedman has been a molecular biologist of plant-microbe interactions, a cellular immunologist, a structural biologist employing x-ray crystallography and a kibitzer in computational biology. He received a B.A. degree from Harvard College in 1981 and completed a Ph.D. (1989) and postdoctoral training at Yale University. In 1998, Dr. Friedman was the recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. His long-term research plan unites experiment and computation in understanding protein structure, dynamics, and function, convinced that neither tool alone will guide science to the level of understanding that we desire to satisfy our curiosity but also need in order to solve our most pressing practical applications.