Ronald T. Raines has won the 2016 Ralph F. Hirschmann Award for Peptide Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. The biennial award recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in the chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics of peptides.
Raines, a professor of biochemistry and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has used synthetic peptides to reveal that an unappreciated force—the n-to-pi* interaction—stabilizes all proteins and helps to create hyperstable and human-scale collagens. He has also made numerous contributions to peptide chemistry.
Raines will receive his award at the March 2016 ACS meeting in San Diego.