Ken Dill is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Physics and Chemistry, Affiliated Distinguished
Professor in Applied Math, the Louis and Beatrice Laufer Endowed Chair of Physical
and Quantitative Biology, and founding and current Director of the Laufer Center for
Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University. He is a member of the
National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is
past-president of the Biophysical Society. He received the Hans Neurath Award from
the Protein Society, Emily Gray Award from the Biophysical Society, Max Delbruck Prize
from the American Physical Society, and the Sackler International Prize in Biophysics.
Prof. Dill studies the physics of protein folding, the statistical mechanics of water,
principles of nonequilibrium statistical thermodynamics in small systems, and the
mechanisms and evolution of cells. His work contributed to understanding that protein
folding occurs on funnel-shaped energy landscapes and that protein structures are
largely determined by hydrophobic interactions. With Dr. Ron Zuckermann, he developed
peptoids, a new class of polymer materials that have protein-like properties. Dr.
Dill has co-authored two textbooks, Molecular Driving Forces, a textbook in physical
chemistry and statistical mechanics with Sarina Bromberg, and Protein Actions: Principles
and Modeling, an introduction to the biological, chemical, and physical properties
of proteins with Ivet Bahar and RL Jernigan.
For a detailed history, please click here for my CV.