Scientific Advisory Board

The Molecular & Cellular Structure Cluster SAB (Scientific Advisory Board) provides independent advice on scientific and technical questions impacting on the specification and maintenance of MCS activities, services and resources as well as on the role of the MCS Cluster. The SAB represents the broad interests of the European structural biology community and meets once a year at the EMBL-EBI.

MCS SAB members


MCS SAB meeting, May 2019. Left to right: Arwen Pearson (Hamburg), Susan Lea (Oxford), Corinne Smith (Warwick), Martin Noble (Newcastle), Dave Brown (Canterbury), Lucy Collinson (London), Juha Huiskonen (Helsinki). Not in photo: Alexandre Bonvin (Utrecht).

 MCS SAB member


Martin Noble 2019-present
Juha Huiskonen 2019-present
Corinne Smith 2019-present
Susan Lea 2017-present
Alexandre Bonvin 2017-present
Lucy Collinson 2017-present
Arwen Pearson 2015-present
Dave Brown 2014-2019 (chair 2018-2019)
Sarah Butcher
2013-2018 (chair 2016-2017)
Manuela Helmer Citterich
Michael Nilges 2013-2018
Randy Read
2009-2016 (chair 2012-2015)
Titia Sixma
Michael Sattler 2009-2014
Helen Saibil 2009-2014
Tomas Lundqvist 2009-2014
Andrea Mattevi 2009-2013
Udo Heinemann 2009-2013
Torsten Schwede 2008-2013
Rob Cooke 2006-2009
Keith Wilson 2004-2011 (chair 2004-2011)
Ernest Laue 2004-2011
Andreas Engel
Gerard Kleywegt 2004-2008
Rob Kaptein 2004-2008
Johann Gasteiger 2004-2008
Jim Naismith


Every year, four current or recent MCS SAB members will participate in the wwPDB Advisory Committee meeting (two to represent PDBe and two to represent EMDB).

In the early years of the PDBe (when it was called the Macromolecular Structure Database, MSD) there was also a SAC, consisting of Alwyn Jones (chair; X-ray), David Neuhaus (NMR), Keith Wilson (X-ray), Manuel Peitsch (databases, analysis) and Joel Janin (X-ray, analysis).