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University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry

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Robert R. Birge

Harold S. Schwenk Sr. Distinguished Professor

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    • University of Connecticut
      Department of Chemistry
      55 North Eagleville Road
      Storrs, CT 06269


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

Research Interests

  1. 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.