U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
William Eaton

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Tel: 301-496-6030
Email: eaton@helix.nih.gov

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  • Ph.D.University of Pennsylvania1967 M.D.
  • M.D.University of Pennsylvania1964
  • B.A.University of Pennsylvania1959

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William A. Eaton, M.D., Ph.D., NIH Distinguished Investigator

Chief, Laboratory of Chemical Physics
Chief, Laboratory of Chemical PhysicsBiophysical Chemistry Section
  • Biomedical Engineering/Biophysics/Physics


A selection of recent and significant publications can be viewed below.

Storr CL, Or F, Eaton WW, Ialongo N. Genetic research participation in a young adult community sample. J Community Genet. 2014 Jun 20; 5 (4; 2014 Jun 20; 5):363-75. [Full Text/Abstract]
Brown QL, Linton SL, Harrell PT, Mancha BE, Alexandre PK, Chen KF, Eaton WW. The influence of religious attendance on smoking. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Sep; 49 (49; 2014 Sep; 11):1392-9. [Full Text/Abstract]
Severance EG, Yolken RH, Eaton WW. Autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and the microbiome in schizophrenia: more than a gut feeling. Schizophr Res. 2014 Jul 14; (2014 Jul 14). [Full Text/Abstract]
Ballard ED, Cwik M, Storr CL, Goldstein M, Eaton WW, Wilcox HC. Recent medical service utilization and health conditions associated with a history of suicide attempts. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2014 Jul-Aug; 36 (4; 36; 2014 Jul-Aug):437-41. [Full Text/Abstract]
Paksarian D, Eaton WW, Mortensen PB, Pedersen CB. Childhood Residential Mobility, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder: A Population-based Study in Denmark. Schizophr Bull. 2014 Jun 5; (2014 Jun 5). [Full Text/Abstract]
Mojtabai R, Cullen B, Everett A, Nugent KL, Sawa A, Sharifi V, Takayanagi Y, Toroney JS, Eaton WW. Reasons for Not Seeking General Medical Care Among Individuals With Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Jun 1; 65 (2014 Jun 1; 6; 65):818-21. [Full Text/Abstract]
Looby CI, Eaton WD. Effects of Bromelia pinguin (Bromeliaceae) on soil ecosystem function and fungal diversity in the lowland forests of Costa Rica. BMC Ecol. 2014 May 5; 14 (14; 2014 May 5; 1):12. [Full Text/Abstract]
Letourneau EJ, Eaton WW, Bass J, Berlin FS, Moore SG. The Need for a Comprehensive Public Health Approach to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse. Public Health Rep. 2014 May; 129 (2014 May; 3; 129):222-228. [Full Text/Abstract]
Pedersen CB, Mors O, Bertelsen A, Waltoft BL, Agerbo E, McGrath JJ, Mortensen PB, Eaton WW. A comprehensive nationwide study of the incidence rate and lifetime risk for treated mental disorders. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 May; 71 (71; 2014 May; 5):573-81. [Full Text/Abstract]
Haroz EE, Ybarra ML, Eaton WW. Psychometric evaluation of a self-report scale to measure adolescent depression: The CESDR-10 in two national adolescent samples in the United States. J Affect Disord. 2014 Apr; 158 (158; 2014 Apr):154-60. [Full Text/Abstract]
Carras MC, Mojtabai R, Furr-Holden CD, Eaton W, Cullen BA. Use of mobile phones, computers and internet among clients of an inner-city community psychiatric clinic. J Psychiatr Pract. 2014 Mar; 20 (20; 2014 Mar; 2):94-103. [Full Text/Abstract]
Takayanagi Y, Spira AP, Roth KB, Gallo JJ, Eaton WW, Mojtabai R. Accuracy of reports of lifetime mental and physical disorders: results from the Baltimore epidemiological catchment area study. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Mar; 71 (71; 2014 Mar; 3):273-80. [Full Text/Abstract]
Benros ME, Eaton WW, Mortensen PB. The epidemiologic evidence linking autoimmune diseases and psychosis. Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Feb 15; 75 (2014 Feb 15; 4; 75):300-6. [Full Text/Abstract]
Benros ME, Pedersen MG, Rasmussen H, Eaton WW, Nordentoft M, Mortensen PB. A nationwide study on the risk of autoimmune diseases in individuals with a personal or a family history of schizophrenia and related psychosis. Am J Psychiatry. 2014 Feb 1; 171 (2014 Feb 1; 2; 171):218-26. [Full Text/Abstract]
Fan AP, Buka SL, Kosik RO, Chen YS, Wang SJ, Su TP, Eaton WW. Association between maternal behavior in infancy and adult mental health: a 30-year prospective study. Compr Psychiatry. 2014 Feb; 55 (2; 2014 Feb; 55):283-9. [Full Text/Abstract]
Eaton W. Video review: communication skills-oriented approach for community preceptors. Can Fam Physician. 2014 Jan; 60 (2014 Jan; 60; 1):91-2. [Full Text/Abstract]
Chung HS, McHale K, Louis JM, Eaton WA. Single-molecule fluorescence experiments determine protein folding transition path times. Science. 2012 Feb 24; 335 (335; 6071; 2012 Feb 24):981-4. [Full Text/Abstract]
Chung HS, Gopich IV, McHale K, Cellmer T, Louis JM, Eaton WA. Extracting rate coefficients from single-molecule photon trajectories and FRET efficiency histograms for a fast-folding protein. J Phys Chem A. 2011 Apr 28; 115 (16; 2011 Apr 28; 115):3642-56. [Full Text/Abstract]
Cellmer T, Buscaglia M, Henry ER, Hofrichter J, Eaton WA. Making connections between ultrafast protein folding kinetics and molecular dynamics simulations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Apr 12; 108 (108; 2011 Apr 12; 15):6103-8. [Full Text/Abstract]
Chung HS, Louis JM, Eaton WA. Experimental determination of upper bound for transition path times in protein folding from single-molecule photon-by-photon trajectories. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jul 21; 106 (106; 2009 Jul 21; 29):11837-44. [Full Text/Abstract]
Kubelka J, Henry ER, Cellmer T, Hofrichter J, Eaton WA. Chemical, physical, and theoretical kinetics of an ultrafast folding protein. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Dec 2; 105 (105; 2008 Dec 2; 48):18655-62. [Full Text/Abstract]
Cellmer T, Henry ER, Hofrichter J, Eaton WA. Measuring internal friction of an ultrafast-folding protein. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Nov 25; 105 (105; 2008 Nov 25; 47):18320-5. [Full Text/Abstract]
Schuler B, Eaton WA. Protein folding studied by single-molecule FRET. Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2008 Feb; 18 (2008 Feb; 1; 18):16-26. [Full Text/Abstract]
Cellmer T, Henry ER, Kubelka J, Hofrichter J, Eaton WA. Relaxation rate for an ultrafast folding protein is independent of chemical denaturant concentration. J Am Chem Soc. 2007 Nov 28; 129 (129; 2007 Nov 28; 47):14564-5. [Full Text/Abstract]
Best RB, Merchant KA, Gopich IV, Schuler B, Bax A, Eaton WA. Effect of flexibility and cis residues in single-molecule FRET studies of polyproline. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Nov 27; 104 (104; 48; 2007 Nov 27):18964-9. [Full Text/Abstract]
Eaton WA, Henry ER, Hofrichter J, Bettati S, Viappiani C, Mozzarelli A. Evolution of allosteric models for hemoglobin. IUBMB Life. 2007 Aug-Sep; 59 (2007 Aug-Sep; 59; 8-9):586-99. [Full Text/Abstract]
Merchant KA, Best RB, Louis JM, Gopich IV, Eaton WA. Characterizing the unfolded states of proteins using single-molecule FRET spectroscopy and molecular simulations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Jan 30; 104 (104; 2007 Jan 30; 5):1528-33. [Full Text/Abstract]
Kubelka J, Chiu TK, Davies DR, Eaton WA, Hofrichter J. Sub-microsecond protein folding. J Mol Biol. 2006 Jun 9; 359 (359; 2006 Jun 9; 3):546-53. [Full Text/Abstract]
Christoph GW, Hofrichter J, Eaton WA. Understanding the shape of sickled red cells. Biophys J. 2005 Feb; 88 (2005 Feb; 2; 88):1371-6. [Full Text/Abstract]
Viappiani C, Bettati S, Bruno S, Ronda L, Abbruzzetti S, Mozzarelli A, Eaton WA. New insights into allosteric mechanisms from trapping unstable protein conformations in silica gels. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Oct 5; 101 (40; 101; 2004 Oct 5):14414-9. [Full Text/Abstract]
Kubelka J, Hofrichter J, Eaton WA. The protein folding 'speed limit'. Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2004 Feb; 14 (2004 Feb; 14; 1):76-88. [Full Text/Abstract]