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

 Contact Info

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
Section Chief, Biophysical Chemistry SectionLaboratory of Chemical Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering/Biophysics/Physics

Research in Plain Language

My research focuses on understanding the steps involved in protein folding — a process that transforms a string of amino acid molecules (protein building blocks) — into a complex, 3-dimensional structure. This research uses rapidly pulsed laser light and fluorescent labeling of molecules to observe the steps in the protein folding process. My lab also uses laser techniques to search for a drug for the treatment of sickle cell disease.