Nobel laureate worked on NSF project with A&T

Nobel laureate Dr. Michael Levitt at N.C. A&T

Dr. Michael Levitt in the Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center, 2005.

Dr. Michael Levitt, one of the 2013 Nobel laureates in chemistry announced this week, is no stranger to N.C. A&T. Dr. Levitt worked with A&T researchers on a five-year interdisciplinary project called Biogeometry (full title: Computational Geometry for Structural Biology and Bioinformatics).

The NSF-funded project brought together biologists, chemists, computer scientists, crystallographers,  medical researchers, and robotics experts from Duke; N.C. A&T; Stanford, Dr. Levitt’s institution; and UNC Chapel Hill.  The project’s goal was the development of new computational techniques and paradigms for representing, storing, searching, simulating, analyzing, and visualizing biological structures.

The researchers’ final meeting in 2005 was held at A&T, hosted by Dr. Solomon Bililign of the Department of Physics.

“It is always good to work with such people,” Dr. Bililign said this week. “I learned the power of interdisciplinary research from this team.”

Dr. Levitt is a biologist and one of the three recipients of this year’s prize in chemistry. Along with Dr. Martin Karplus of Harvard University and Dr. Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California, he was honored “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.”
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