Members of the RCSB

The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) is a non-profit consortium dedicated to improving our understanding of the function of biological systems through an understanding of 3-D biological macromolecular structure.

The PDB is managed by an RCSB Project Team directed by Dr. Helen M. Berman. The Project Team consists of:

Helen M. Berman, a structural biologist, is a Professor II in the Department of Chemistry and a member of the Waksman Institute at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Berman is the Director Designee of the Protein Data Bank. She has founded and directs the Nucleic Acid Database Project and has been a leader in the national and international mmCIF effort. She is the chair of the International Union of Crystallography Database Committee. Dr. Berman was President of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) and has served on numerous advisory boards. Dr. Berman was one of the founders of the PDB.

John Westbrook, a bioinformaticist, is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Westbrook is the principal architect of the Nucleic Acid Database. He is the author of the Dictionary Definition Language used by mmCIF and is one of the two Technical Editors for the mmCIF Dictionary. Dr. Westbrook is also a key member of the imgCIF project, which is creating an exchange format for diffraction data. Dr. Westbrook was formerly the Director of Computational Chemistry at Rutgers.

Gary Gilliland, a structural biologist, is the Chief of the Biotechnology Division of the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory of the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute at the Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology (CARB). Dr. Gilliland founded the Biological Macromolecular Crystallization Database (BMCD) and, for the past 10 years, has organized and been an instructor for the macromolecular crystallography course offered by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He is a former Associate Director of CARB.

Phoebe Fagan, a scientific database developer, has extensive experience in related activities carried out during her tenure in NIST's Standard Reference Data Program. Ms. Fagan is a program manager and has experience in managing database review and quality control. Previously, Fagan headed the database development group within NIST Standard Reference Data Program and initiated its archive.

Peter Arzberger, a computational biologist, is Executive Director of the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), which involves the coordination of software development and implementation activities among 46 institutions via 10 applications and technology thrust areas. Dr. Arzberger was formerly Deputy NSF HPCC Coordinator and Program Director of the Computational Biology and of the Statistics and Probability programs.

Phil Bourne, a structural biologist, is a Senior Principal Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, UCSD and the Burnham Institute. He has more than 20 years experience as a small molecule and macromolecular crystallographer and, in the last five years, in bioinformatics. He is chairman of the International Union of Crystallography Computing Commission and the American Crystallography Association Data and Computing Committee. He oversees a major molecular sciences project for NPACI, which is charged with providing the capability to query biological data.