Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Last updated: October, 2009.
Since 1997, I have been
developing innovative, widely-used, award-winning tools for
visualization of macromolecular structures in education,
research, and structural bioinformatics. These are all free and
Eric Martz teaching at Osaka University, Japan, 2009, in Keiichi Namba's
Protonic Nanomachine Group. Photograph courtesy of Akihiro
I retired from
in January, 2004. I did
in cell biology and immunology 1965-1997, publishing
reports and 19 reviews.
Macromolecular Visualization and Structural Bioinformatics
- The ConSurf Server
identifies evolutionarily conserved surface patches on proteins.
Nir Ben-Tal, Fabian Glaser, Tal Pupko, Elana Erez et al. at Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
I provided integrated 3D visualization, initially with Protein Explorer,
and later with FirstGlance in Jmol.
First available Fall 2002.
[Landau et al., 2005;
Glaser et al., 2003.]
Educational Macromolecular Visualization Tutorials & Resources including
structures of DNA, hemoglobin, antibody, MHC, lipid bilayers and channels,
water, and more.
Portions first offered in 1996. MolviZ.org domain name starting fall 2004.
- Short Courses in
Practical Macromolecular Visualization and Structural Bioinformatics
can be arranged.
World Index of Molecular Visualization Resources (molvisindex.org):
a visitor-maintained database, first offered in 2000.
- Protein Explorer
Popular 1998-2006 for exploring, understanding, and qualitative analysis of
structures of proteins and protein-ligand or protein-drug interactions.
MERLOT Classic Award
for Biology in 2003: "has revolutionized the teaching of biology at a
molecular level". Adopted as a visualization option by
several bioinformatics resources.
First offered in 1998; developed until 2007, when the MDL Chime plugin
upon which it depends became increasingly problematic.
PDB Lite (pdblite.org), mirrored worldwide,
helps beginners find published protein structures. First available
- The Molecular
Visualization Freeware EMail Discussion provides an international
forum for educators and developers. Founded 1995.
RasMol Classic Site provides the most complete
documentation available for RasMol 2.6, a popular macromolecular
visualization tool by Roger A. Sayle. Website developed 1995-2000.
Subsequent RasMol development:
Martz Publications in Molecular Visualization and Structural Bioinformatics.
Martz Publications in Cell Biology and Immunology.
Formal Curriculum Vitae
Informal Biographical Sketch (1997)
Ceramic art of my parents, Karl Martz
and Becky Brown
Former teaching: (I retired from teaching effective January, 2004.)