Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Professor Schulten received his Diplom degree in physics from the University of Muenster, Germany in 1969, and a Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from Harvard University in 1974. He was an assistant at the Max-Planck-Institut for Biophysical Chemistry from 1974 to 1980, and Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Munich from 1980 to 1988. In 1988, he joined the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois.
Since coming to Urbana, Professor Schulten has founded the internationally recognized Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group as well as a National Center for Biomolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics. Schulten's research applies concepts and methodologies from condensed matter physics to the organization and function of the machinery in biological cells. His group has made fundamental contributions to numerous areas of biology, most recently to vision, photosynthesis, force generation, membrane channels and large scale cellular organization.
Professor Schulten has made profound advances to theoretical biophysics where he studied how biological processes are well controlled despite strong thermal disorder. He also contributed to the state of the art in computational biology having been the the first to demonstrate that parallel computers could be practically employed to solve the classical many-body problem in biomolecular modeling. Thousands of researchers world-wide use this group's software in molecular graphics, modeling, and web-based collaborations. Presently his group is engaged in a revolutionary computational method, interactive modeling, that exploits advances in game technology to graphically steer and interact with ongoing simulations.