Teresa Head-Gordon

Theresa Head-Gordon

Chancellor's Professor of Chemistry, Bioengineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Faculty Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

email: thg@berkeley.edu
office: 274C Stanley Hall
office phone: (510) 666-2744

Research Group: http://thglab.berkeley.edu

Research Interests

Computation and theory in the areas of chemistry, materials, and biophysics

The simultaneous revolutions in energy, molecular biology, nanotechnology and advanced scientific computing, is giving rise to new interdisciplinary research opportunities in theoretical and computational chemistry. The research interests of the Teresa Head-Gordon lab embraces this large scope of science drivers through the development of general computational models and methodologies applied to molecular liquids, macromolecular assemblies, protein biophysics, and homogeneous, heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis. She has a continued and abiding interest in the development and application of complex chemistry models, accelerated sampling methods, coarse graining and multiscale techniques, analytical and semi-analytical solutions to the Poisson-Boltzmann Equation, and advanced self-consistent field (SCF) solvers and SCF-less methods for many-body physics. The methods and models developed in her lab are widely disseminated through many community software codes that scale on high performance computing platforms.


  • B.S., Case Western Reserve University (1983)
  • Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University (1989)
  • Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories (1990-1992)
  • IBM SUR Award (2001)
  • Joined the UC Berkeley Faculty in 2001
  • Schlumberger Professor, Cambridge University UK (2005-2006)
  • Clare Hall Faculty, UK (2006-present)
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2016)
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society (2018)
  • Chancellor's Professor (2012-2020)
  • Editorial Advisory board member for Journal of Chemical Physics (2017-2020)
  • Editorial Advisory board member for Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2009-2011)
  • Editorial Advisory board member for Journal of Computational Chemistry (2004--)
  • Editorial Board Member for the SIAM book series on Computational Science and Engineering (2004-2009)
  • Editor for Biophysical Journal (2003-2006)
  • Faculty Scientist, Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory