Gerald D. Fasman

Brandeis University

May 28, 1925 - December 17, 2003

Scientific Discipline: Biochemistry
Membership Type:
Member (elected 1994)

Gerald Fasman conducted biochemical research on the structure-function relationships of proteins by determining their three dimensional conformation in solution. He developed methods for predicting secondary structure of proteins, which consists of alpha-helices and beta-sheets, from their amino acid sequence. This allowed for more accurate predictions of a protein’s three-dimensional structure, when no direct analysis was available.   
Fasman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta in 1948 and went on to receive his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1952. He conducted research as an associate at the Children’s Research Foundation and Harvard University from 1955 to 1961. In 1961 he began his career teaching biochemistry at Brandeis University where he was named Rosenfield Professor of Biochemistry in 1971. He was a fellow at many institutions including Cambridge University and the Guggenheim Foundation.  

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