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David Beck

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Director of Research, eScience Institute

Director, Scientific Software Engineering Center

Research Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering

Adjunct Research Associate Professor
Computer Science & Engineering

Adjunct Research Associate Professor
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Pronouns: he/him


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Medicinal Chemistry, Biomolecular Structure & Design, 2006
  • B.S., Drexel University, Computer Science, 2000

Previous appointments

  • Director of Research for Life Sciences, eScience Institute, University of Washington, 2009-2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Bioengineering, University of Washington, 2007-2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Medicinal Chemistry, University of Washington, 2006-2007

Research Statement

Systems biology of microbial cultures and communities

- Pathway reconstruction and analysis of bacterial communities from *omics datasets with relevance to biogeochemical cycles, biofuels, and human health
- Development of techniques for analysis, comparison, and unification of transcriptomics and proteomics datasets

Biophysical chemistry software, methods and applications

- Author of in lucem Molecular Mechanics (ilmm, Beck, D.A.C., Alonso, D.O.V., & Daggett, V)
- Development of an XML schema for molecular mechanics parameter library: MMPL
- Methods and software development for in silico drug and protein design in high-performance computing (HPC) environments
- Dynameomics: mass annotation of protein dynamics and unfolding in water by high-throughput atomistic molecular dynamics simulations. All atom, explicit solvent native and thermal unfolding simulations for hundreds of target proteins whose folds represent about 80% of the known protein domains. 


- Workflow design and engineering for data-intensive analytics in biology and chemistry
- Data mining, management and sharing strategies for large biological datasets