Robert R. Birge, Ph.D.

Harold S. Schwenk Sr. Distinguished Chair Emeritus of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry


  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 1973-75
  • Ph.D. Wesleyan University
  • B.S. Yale University


Structure function relationships in rhodopsin and the cone pigments. Use of bacteriorhodopsin and proteorhodopsin in artificial retinas, holographic associative memories, photovoltaic solar energy converters, high-speed sensors and three-dimensional memories. Use of directed evolution to optimize proteins for device applications. Large-scale molecular orbital theory of protein structure and function.

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