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Elaine C. Meng, PhD

meng [at] cgl.ucsf.edu
Elaine C. Meng
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Box 2240
600 16th Street, Room N476B
San Francisco, CA 94143

My interests are in protein structure/function, computational chemistry, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, database curation, and technical writing and editing. I'm a Specialist in the UCSF Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics (RBVI) and work in both the Babbitt Lab and the Computer Graphics Lab (CGL). The CGL develops the molecular graphics and analysis program UCSF Chimera. I participate in software development discussions, test new features, write the Chimera User's Guide, generate content for the Chimera website, answer questions on the mailing list, and contribute to papers and other documents from both groups. My former labs include the Kuntz group (docking and scoring), the Kollman group (molecular dynamics and free energy calculations), the Cohen group (structure-based drug design), and the Bourne group (structure/function of G proteins and GPCRs).


I was born and raised in Ohio. After attending a variety of educational institutions, I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1988 with a degree in Pharmacy. I then proceeded to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), completing a PhD in 1993 under the supervision of Dr. Irwin “Tack” Kuntz. I spent two years as a postdoc in Dr. Peter Kollman's group before taking a staff position at UCSF. See my CV for details.

I married Eric Pettersen in October 1995. Hobbies include piano, yoga, haiku (examples), crosswords, making sauerkraut, avoiding travel, and noticing typos (I don't really try to find them, they find me).


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    last updated August 2015