Peter Kollman Memorial Lecture

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 4:00 pm
UCSF faculty, students, and staff; Northern California science community

600 16th Street, San Francisco, California

2021 lecture

Ken A. Dill, PhD

Director, Louis and Beatrice Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, Stony Brook University

Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy

About the lecture series

The annual Peter Kollman Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory and science of Peter Andrew Kollman, PhD, a preeminent computational chemist who joined the faculty of the UCSF Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1971 and where his science thrived until his sudden death in 2001.

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Peter A. Kollman

Kollman was a founding father of computational chemistry, creator of the AMBER force field, innovator in molecular dynamics simulations, and a driving force in UCSF’s evolution as a nexus for structural biology. As one of the most highly cited chemists in the world in his era, he published more than 400 journal articles and 50-plus reviews and book chapters.

The UCSF Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is pleased to organize this lecture series, which is held annually on the UCSF Mission Bay Campus and is open to all.

Past lectures


Frances H. Arnold, PhD, California Institute of Technology,
Video, 90 minutes: Machine learning-enhanced directed evolution of enzymes and channelrhodopsins.



Michael Gilson, MD, PhD, University of California, San Diego,
The Physical Basis of Computer-Aided Drug Design


Mark Murcko, PhD, Disruptive Biomedical, LLC,
Video, 80 minutes: Progress Towards Predicting Ligand Binding Free Energy


Irwin “Tack” Kuntz, PhD, University of California, San Francisco,
Video, 66 minutes: Computation, Modeling and Evolution at UCSF: Past, Present, Future


Michael Levitt, PhD, Stanford University,
Combinatorial Methods Solve a Difficult Structural Problem to Reveal How Chaperonins Work in Eukaryotes


David Case, PhD, Rutgers University

Related link

Editorial: In Memory of Peter A. Kollman

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