Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology

In Memoriam

Robert M. Clegg
Robert Clegg was the director of the Center from July 2008 until his passing in October 2012. He was a pioneer in the development of FLIM (fluorescence-lifetime imaging microscopy) and an expert in the fields of optical microscopy and spectroscopy. He was passionately involved in STEM education and K-12 outreach initiatives on the University of Illinois campus and was a benevolent mentor and educator.
Klaus J. Schulten
Klaus Schulten was affiliated with the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology from 1988 until his passing in 2016. He led the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, conducting seminal work in the area of molecular dynamics simulations, illuminating biological processes and structures in ways that weren’t possible before. His research focused on the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, and on the development of non-equilibrium statistical mechanical descriptions and efficient computing tools for structural biology.
Colin A. Wraight
Colin Wraight was the director of Biophysics from October 1991 to April 1997 and remained active until his passing in 2014. Colin was instrumental in the transition of Biophysics from a program to a center in 1996. He also served as the director of the Molecular Biophysics Training Grant for many years. His early work in photosynthesis was cutting-edge and expanded later into bioenergetics and membrane biology. His quick wit and warm demeanor made him a favorite with students and colleagues alike.