Department Faculty

William G. Scott
  • Title
    • Professor
    • Director and Adviser BMB Program
    • Member, Center for Molecular Biology of RNA
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5367 (office), 831-459-5292 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location Physical Sciences Bldg 248 (Office), Physical Sciences Bldg 453 (Lab)
  • Office Hours By appointment
  • Mail Stop Chemistry
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chemistry

Summary of Expertise

Structure and function of RNA, proteins, and their complexes, origin of life.

Research Interests

I am trying to understand RNA structure, catalysis and the origin of life.

Biography, Education and Training

B.S., Chemistry, B.S., Biology, Bates College
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Postdoc, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

Selected Presentations

  • http://scottlab.ucsc.edu/hh/hammerhead_ribozyme_tour.html A Structural Tour of the Hammerhead Ribozyme
  • http://scottlab.ucsc.edu/L1/Ligase_slideshow.html The L1 Ligase Ribozyme: "A glimpse of biology's first enzyme"
  • http://scottlab.ucsc.edu/hh/slideshow_mrna_hh.html A Ribozyme Embedded in a Mammalian mRNA
  • http://scottlab.ucsc.edu/L1/phasing_no_heavy_atoms.html Phasing Novel RNA Structures Without Heavy Atom Derivatives

Teaching Interests

Biophysical Chemistry and Structural Molecular Biology