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J. Herbert Waite

Ph.D., Biochemistry/Zoology, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1972-1976

University of California

Department:    Cell and Developmental Biology
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Research Statement
The research activities of Waite include the molecular, structural and mechanical characterization of self-assembling and self-healing protein materials in nature. These materials include marine adhesives, byssal fibers, egg capsules and invertebrate jaws. In recent years, his work has mainly focused on the mechanism by which the coordination compounds formed between amino acid side chains and transition metals serve as reversible, surrogate cross-linking agents in proteins.

1972-1976 Ph.D., Biochemistry/Zoology, Duke University, Durham, NC
1967-1971 A.B., Biology (with honors), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1998 Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology Department, Biomolecular Science & Engineering Program & Marine Science Institute, UCSB
1992-1998 Professor, College of Marine Studies & Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
1986-1991 Assoc. Prof., College of Marine Studies, Univ. of Delaware, DE
1982-1985 Assoc. Prof., Departments of Biochemistry and Orthopaedics, Univ. Connecticut, CT
1981-1982 NIH Fellow, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT
1979-1980 NRC Fellow, York University, Toronto, Canada
1976-1978 Postdoctoral Fellow, August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Selected Honors
1998 Harrington Professorship, College of Marine Studies, Univ. Delaware
1980 US Public Health Service Individual Fellowship Award
1976-1978 National Science Foundation-NATO Fellow
1970 John Harvard Scholar

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