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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.

The Protein Society Elections

Elections are officially opened for our Executive Council and Nominating Committee, so cast your vote and make your voice heard!

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.


President-Past: Dr. Carol B. Post

Dr. Carol Post, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Purdue University, serves as The Protein Society’s current President. The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the Society, Chair of the Executive Council, and exercises general supervision and control over the affairs and activities of the Society, subject to the Executive Council. The President serves 2 full years in office, preceded by 1 year as President-elect and followed by 1 year as Past-President.

Dr. Post’s research interests encompass the regulation and functional aspects of protein-protein interactions, enzymatic catalysis and activation, and protein structure.


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

Term Ending 2020

Charles Brooks III 

Univ. of Michigan

Doug Barrick
Johns Hopkins University

Erin Dueber

Elizabeth Meiering
University of Waterloo

Satoshi Takahashi
Tohuku University

Term Ending 2019

Jean Baum
Rutgers University

Elizabeth Komives
University of California - San Diego

Brian Kuhlman
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Grant Walkup

Agios Pharmaceuticals

Term Ending 2018

Carol Post
Purdue University

Patricia Clark

University of Notre Dame
Donald Hilvert


Mary Munson
University of Massachusetts
Medical School

Gunnar von Heijne
Stockholm University

Ex-Officio Members

Raluca Cadar, Executive Director, The Protein Society

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