Arthur J. Olson

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Scripps Clinic, Director of the Molecular Graphics Laboratory


  • San Diego, California, United States of America


  • SIGGRAPH 1992

    Arthur J. Olson currently holds the Anderson Research Chair in the Department of Molecular Biology at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, where he is also Director of the Molecular Graphics Laboratory. Dr. Olson’s research centers around the development and application of computational and computer graphic methodology to the study of biological macromolecules. His focus is on protein-protein interaction in such systems as virus particles and immune complexes. Dr. Olson received his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley for work on computational methodology in x-ray crystallography. He was then awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to work at Harvard University where he participated in mapping the first atomic resolution structure of a spherical virus particle. He then moved back to Berkeley where he was a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and Assistant Director of the NSF sponsored National Resource For Computation in Chemistry. He moved to La Jolla, California in 1981 taking up his present position at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic. Dr. Olson has made a number of independent films on virus architecture, antibody structure, and enzyme structure and function as well as contributing some sequences of molecular animation to commercial endeavors, including one that is currently installed at Walt Disney’s Epcott Center in Florida. 


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