We would like to extend a hearty WELCOME to new President of The Protein Society, Dr. Charlie Brooks. Dr. Brooks is a Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biophysics, Director of Biophysics, Department of Chemistry and Biophysics Program at the University of Michigan. In 2012, The Protein Society awarded Dr. Brooks with the prestigious Hans Neurath Award for his contributions of unusual merit to basic research in the field of protein science.

Want to know more about Dr. Brooks? Take a look at our impromptu interview below:

Research Interests:

Protein structure, function and folding studied with molecular simulations; small-molecule-protein interactions; protein-protein interactions; role of pH in modulating protein and nucleic acid structure and function; RNA and DNA structure, function, dynamics, and folding.

What is your favorite hobby?

I guess this is cooking; yeah, it's cooking. I have a six-burner gas stovetop with a built-in griddle, a smoker, a wood oven for pizzas and lots of cooking toys.  

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

A chef -  open a restaurant and share with more than my neighbors and friends. 

How long have you been a member of The Protein Society?

I believe since 1989.  

What has been your favorite location for the Annual Symposium and why?

A hard one. I really enjoyed Montreal, would love to go back. I love Barcelona, it's a great food city! Any place in California, because it's an excuse to see my granddaughters. The science is great regardless of the location. The locations add to the fine, after-sessions time. 

Thank you Charlie, and welcome!

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