Charles Bell, Jr., Professor of Structural Biology
Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Ludtke holds the Charles C. Bell Jr. Professorship of Structural Biology in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Cryo-EM Core. Dr. Ludtke’s got his B.S. in Physics from Caltech, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Rice University. Dr. Ludtke’s group focuses on cryo-EM and CryoET, and is best known for development of the popular EMAN scientific image processing software suite. His group’s biological research interests span a wide range of topics from the interaction of peptide antibiotics with lipid bilayers to the structures of membrane channel complexes to in-situ structural analysis of macromolecules within cells. Recent software innovations include development of a deep learning based semi-automated segmentation tool for high resolution cellular tomograms and a strategy for using bispectra to speed cryo-EM single particle processing by more than an order of magnitude over existing techniques.