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Executive Council

The Protein Society is governed by elected officers and an Executive Council. The officers are President, Secretary/Treasurer, and President-Elect. The President acts as the Chair of the Executive Council, which meets twice annually to vote on Society business and plan Society activities. Councilors serve in staggered 3-year terms to ensure continuity. The Executive Council is governed by The Protein Society's organizational Bylaws.

President: Dr. Charles Brooks III

Dr. Brooks, President of The Protein Society, is Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Chemistry and Cyrus Levinthal Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics at the University of Michigan.

His research interests include 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. Research in the group of Charles L. Brooks III in the Department of Chemistry and Biophysics Program at the University of Michigan is focused on the application of statistical mechanics, quantum chemistry and computational methods to chemically and physically oriented problems in biology.

In 2012, The Protein Society awarded Dr. Brooks the prestigious Hans Neurath Award for his contributions of unusual merit to basic research in the field of protein science.

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President-Elect: Dr. Amy Keating

Dr. Amy Keating, Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, serves as The Protein Society’s current President-Elect. 

Dr. Keating is interested in how proteins make specific interactions with one another and in how to reprogram protein domains or motifs to change their affinities or specificities. Her group develops experimental and computational methods for studying protein interactions, and they apply their methods alongside traditional biochemical, biophysical and structural techniques to understand, predict and design new complexes. She is  particularly interested in similarities and differences between the binding profiles of evolutionarily related protein family members. Her training in physics and chemistry makes her deeply curious about the specific structures and forces that underlie molecular recognition, and she is excited about opportunities for using increasing amounts of data - analyzed with appropriate computational tools - to provide novel prediction and design capabilities and new mechanistic insights. 

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Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Jean Baum

Dr. Jean Baum now serves as Secretary/Treasurer for The Protein Society. The Secretary/Treasurer is the record-keeper and CFO for the Society, maintains records of Society business, acts as Chair of the Finance Committee, and is responsible for monitoring and reporting to the Executive Council on financial matters for a 3-year term.

Dr. Baum, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, received her A.B. from Barnard College, and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her laboratory, The Baum Group, studies protein-protein interaction and protein aggregation through biochemical and biophysical techniques, including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

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Full Council

Tern Ending 2022

President-Elect
Amy Keating
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Term Ending 2021

Councilor
Bil Clemons
Caltech

Councilor
Giovanna Ghirlanda
Arizona State University

Councilor
Elisabeth Sauer-Erikkson
Umea University

Councilor
Vicki Wysocki
Ohio State University

Term Ending 2020

President
Charles Brooks III 

Univ. of Michigan

Councilor
Doug Barrick
Johns Hopkins University

Councilor
Erin Dueber
Genentech

Councilor
Elizabeth Meiering
University of Waterloo

Councilor
Satoshi Takahashi
Tohuku University


Term Ending 2019

Secretary/Treasurer
Jean Baum
Rutgers University

Councilor
Elizabeth Komives
University of California - San Diego

Councilor
Brian Kuhlman
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Councilor
Grant Walkup

Agios Pharmaceuticals


Ex-Officio Members

Raluca Cadar, Executive Director, The Protein Society

Editor-in-Chief Brian Matthews, Protein Science, University of Oregon

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