Teresa Head-Gordon

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Teresa Head-Gordon
Teresa Lyn Gordon

Alma materCase Western Reserve University (BS)
Carnegie Mellon University (PhD)
SpouseMartin Head-Gordon
AwardsFellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2016)
Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2018)
Scientific career
FieldsComputational chemistry
InstitutionsBell labs
University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
ThesisMacroscopic and microscopic simulation methods as applied to biological macromolecules (1989)
Doctoral advisorCharles L. Brooks III[1]
Other academic advisorsFrank Stillinger[2][3]

Teresa Lyn Head-Gordon (née Teresa Lyn Gordon) is an American chemist and the Chancellor's Professor of Chemistry, Bioengineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.[4] She is also a faculty scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a fellow of both the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE ) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Head-Gordon was born in Akron, Ohio.[2] She completed her bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University in 1983.[6] She worked as a waitress for a year before starting a PhD in 1984, and in 1989 she earned her doctorate degree in Theoretical Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Charles L. Brooks III.[1][3][6][7]

Research and career[edit]

From 1990 to 1992 Head-Gordon worked as a postdoctoral member of technical staff at Bell Labs, studying protein folding and the perturbation theories of water with Frank Stillinger.[2][3] She joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1992, where she worked as a staff scientist until 2001.[2] In 2001 Head-Gordon was awarded the IBM-SUR Award.[6] That year she became a faculty member of Bioengineering at University of California, Berkeley.[6] She was the 2005 Schlumberger Fellow at the University of Cambridge.[8] In 2011 she became a member of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department; in 2012 she joined the Chemistry department at University of California, Berkeley.,[6] and joined the Chemical Sciences Division as a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.[9] In 2012 she was made the Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.[6] She is a member of the Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry.[10]

Head-Gordon develops theoretical models that are used in chemical physics and biophysics.[11] The Head-Gordon group studies condensed phase systems ranging from biomolecular systems, molecular liquids, and complex interfaces.[12][13][14][15] Her group develops software packages for molecular simulations.[16][17][18]

She is on the Board of Directors of the Molecular Sciences Software Institute.[19] She became co-director of CalSov in 2016.[6] In 2016 she was elected a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for her contributions to the computational methodologies for macromolecular assemblies.[5] In 2018 she was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.[20]


  1. ^ a b Head-Gordon, Teresa Lyn (1989). Macroscopic and microscopic simulation methods as applied to biological macromolecules (PhD thesis). Carnegie Mellon University. ProQuest 303689629.
  2. ^ a b c d Head-Gordon T, Hura G (2002). "Water structure from scattering experiments and simulation". Chemical Reviews. 102 (8): 2651–70. doi:10.1021/cr0006831. PMID 12175263. icon of an open green padlock
  3. ^ a b c "Chemistry Tree - Teresa Head-Gordon Family Tree". academictree.org.
  4. ^ "Teresa Head-Gordon Lab". thglab.berkeley.edu.
  5. ^ a b "Teresa Head-Gordon Teresa Head-Gordon, Ph.D. To be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite - AIMBE". aimbe.org. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Teresa Head-Gordon | College of Chemistry". chemistry.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  7. ^ Head-Gordon T, Head-Gordon M, Frisch MJ, Brooks C, Pople J (2009-06-19). "A theoretical study of alanine dipeptide and analogs". International Journal of Quantum Chemistry. 36 (S16): 311–322. doi:10.1002/qua.560360725.
  8. ^ "Principal Investigators". calsolv.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  9. ^ "Teresa L. Head-Gordon - Chemical Sciences Division Chemical Sciences Division". commons.lbl.gov. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry". www.cchem.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Four Chemistry Alumni Named American Chemical Society Fellows". Department of Chemistry - Mellon College of Science. Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Teresa Head-Gordon Lab". thglab.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  13. ^ Demerdash O, Wang L, Head-Gordon T (2017-11-23). "Advanced models for water simulations". Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Molecular Science. 8 (1): e1355. doi:10.1002/wcms.1355.
  14. ^ Welborn VV, Pestana LR, Head-Gordon T (2018). "Computational optimization of electric fields for better catalysis design" (PDF). Nature Catalysis. 1 (9): 649–655. doi:10.1038/s41929-018-0109-2. S2CID 69817927.
  15. ^ Brookes, DH and Head-Gordon T (2016). "Experimental inferential structure determination of ensembles for intrinsically disordered proteins". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138 (13): 4530–4538. doi:10.1021/jacs.6b00351. PMID 26967199.
  16. ^ Felberg LE, Brookes DH, Yap EH, Jurrus E, Baker NA, Head-Gordon T (2017). "PB-AM: An open-source, fully analytical linear poisson-boltzmann solver". Journal of Computational Chemistry. 38 (15): 1275–1282. doi:10.1002/jcc.24528. PMC 5403608. PMID 27804145.
  17. ^ Ponder JW, Wu C, Ren P, Pande VS, Chodera JD, Schnieders MJ, Haque I, Mobley DL, Lambrecht DS, DiStasio RA, Head-Gordon M, Clark GN, Johnson ME, Head-Gordon T (March 2010). "Current status of the AMOEBA polarizable force field". The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 114 (8): 2549–64. doi:10.1021/jp910674d. PMC 2918242. PMID 20136072.
  18. ^ Jurrus E, Engel D, Star K, Monson K, Brandi J, Felberg LE, Brookes DH, Wilson L, Chen J, Liles K, Chun M, Li P, Dolinsky T, Konecny R, Koes D, Nielsen JE, Head-Gordon T, Geng W, Krasny R, Gunner M, Wei GW, Holst MJ, McCammon JA, Baker NA (2018). "Improvements to the APBS biomolecular solvation software suite". Protein Science. 27 (1): 112–128. doi:10.1002/pro.3280. PMC 5734301. PMID 28836357.
  19. ^ "Board of Directors – MolSSI". molssi.org. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  20. ^ "Teresa Head-Gordon named ACS Fellow | College of Chemistry". chemistry.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-24.