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People in the News: Dec 5, 2008

David Baker, University of Washington professor of biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute investigator, has received the 2008 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics. He received the honor for his work developing software that predicts protein structures from amino acid sequences, including the Rosetta program.
Baker is being honored for his contributions to computer-based studies about the way and speed in which amino acid chains fold into protein molecules, which can help study how protein misfolding can contribute or cause disease.  
Baker developed Rosetta, software that predicts protein structures from amino acid sequences. It combines data from nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and X-ray defraction imaging with computer modeling to delineate protein molecule structures.
Baker has involved computer owners from around the world to help study protein-folding research through a project called [email protected]

Achim von Leoprechting has been named vice president of cellular imaging and analysis at PerkinElmer. He will be responsible for driving the cellular imaging business for PerkinElmer.
Prior to his new appointment, von Leoprechting was the European sales director within the company's bio-discovery business element. He has been with PerkinElmer in a variety of technology, sales and marketing leadership roles since PerkinElmer acquired his previous employer, Packard BioScience, in 2002. He received his PhD in biology from Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany.

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