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"Nature" is what we see -
The Hill - the Afternoon -
Squirrel - Eclipse - the Bumble bee -
Nay - Nature is Heaven -
Nature is what we hear -
The Bobolink - the Sea -
Thunder - the Cricket -
Nay - Nature is Harmony -
Nature is what we know -
Yet have no art to say -
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.
		Emily Dickinson

My new book is now available! You can find it on the Springer site or at Amazon.

The book builds on my work with the RCSB Protein Data Bank. Here's how I describe the book in the Preface:

"In this book, I will take an evidence-based approach to current knowledge about the structure of biomolecules and their place in our lives, inviting us to explore how we know what we know and how current gaps in knowledge may influence our individual approach to the information. The book is separated into a series of short essays that present some of the foundational concepts of biomolecular science, with many examples of the molecules that perform the basic functions of life."
Careful readers are helping me find errors and typos in the book--I've started a list of corrections for the second printing.

As part of the RCSB PDB team, I helped with a redesign of the education portal for the archive: PDB-101. Take a look--it includes many resources, activities and lesson plans, as well as the Molecule of the Month.

Exciting news! I was just awarded as overall winner at the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards. As part of the award, they made a nice video about my paintings--it is included in the blog entry linked to the picture above. You can also see the painting at the Molecule of the Month on Ebola at the RCSB Protein Data Bank.

I recently completed a series of paintings showing the life cycle of HIV, as part of the book "The Future of HIV-1 Therapeutics: Resistance is Futile?" You can see them at the HIVE Center WWW site.

I got to talk a bit about my paintings with Brian Bartel and Dale Basler in an interview for "Lab Out Loud," a podcast presented by the National Science Teachers Association.

Dan Klionsky directed a creative collaboration to explore the process of autophagy, which brought together choreographer and videographer Peter Sparling, composer Wendy Lee, and myself. The result was a dance performance and a video: "Autophagy Suite: A Moving Diorama in Five Parts." Click on the image above to see it!

I've been working with Ann Batiza's SUN Project on two e-books about electron transfer in mitochondria and chloroplasts. Take a look by clicking on the images above.

As part of the CREST Project, I've been working with the Center for Biomolecular Modeling at MSOE on several projects, including a clickable version of paintings designed by students. The "clickable coated pit" is linked to the image above.

I just did an interview with Zygote Quarterly, a new online journal devoted to the "nexus science and design as they meet in the sphere of biomimicry." Click to take a look...

I just completed a painting of an entire Mycoplasma cell. Click here for more information.

3-D Molecular Designs is offering posters of paintings from "The Machinery of Life." Click here for more information.

The new edition of "The Machinery of Life" is now available--click here for information.

I am writing a series of papers in the journal "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education" that describe the science behind the illustrations in the book. Here are the ones that are published so far:
A nice editorial by Judy and Don Voet about the series of articles
Neuromuscular Synapse
Escherichia coli

 Illustration and Education
"Molecule of the Month" at the Protein Data Bank
"The Molecular Perspective"
 1994 and 1998 Molecular Graphics Art Shows
 Book Extracts

I invite comments and welcome correspondence with scientists and artists interested in molecular subjects. I may be reached at

I currently have a joint appointment at two amazing institutes:
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute, and
Research Professor at Rutgers University, where I act as Scientific Outreach Lead at the RCSB Protein Data Bank.

David S. Goodsell -- curriculum vitae (updated May 2016)
cv at NCBI MyBibiliography
RCSB Protein Data Bank and the Molecule of the Month
Molecular Graphics Laboratory -- home page
The Scripps Research Institute -- home page