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Introduction. Elementary Interactions in Proteins and Around Secondary Structures of Polypeptide Chains. Protein Structures. Cooperative Transitions in Protein Molecules. Protein Structure Prediction and Design. Protein Functions.


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About the authors

Alexei Finkelstein

Alexei V. Finkelstein is the Head of the Laboratory of Protein Physics at the Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also a Full Professor in Biophysics at the Pushchino Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. He won the National Prize of Russia in Science in 1999 and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholar. He is the author of about 150 papers on protein physics.Oleg B. Ptitsyn (deceased 1999) was the Head of Protein Physics Laboratory at the Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences and a Visiting Scientist at the Laboratory of Experimental and Computational Biology, Molecular Structure Section, National Cancer Institute, USA. He was also a member of the European Academy of Sciences and winner of the National Prize of Russia in Science (1999). He authored about 250 papers on polymer and protein physics.Their laboratory is one of the most distinguished in the world for its work in protein physics. It is one of the few laboratories outside the USA to receive support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Both scientists have very high international reputations, Professor Finkelstein is frequently invited to conferences in Europe and in the USA, as was Professor Ptitsyn before his recent death.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Oleg Ptitsyn

Affiliations and Expertise

Late of Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences Moscow Region, Russian Federation


"It is not always easy to translate a good lecture course into an equally engaging textbook, but Finkelstein and Ptitsyn have succeeded in this difficult task. The twenty-five chapters are not only an accurate and detailed introduction to the physics of proteins, but also remarkably lively. ...the book is a pleasure to read and is well suited both as a textbook used in a course on protein science and as a tool for self-study." -Ulrich H. E. Hansmann for the BULLETIN OF MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY, Sept. 2003 "The lectures are unique... anticipating questions from the students, and answering them, with an interspersion of simple examples...a good introduction to protein physics for students, ...will help chemists, physicists, and biologists acquire a widespread knowledge of current issues in protein structure, properties, and reactions." - Harold A. Scheraga, Todd Professor of Chemistry, Cornell University, USA "Protein Physics provides all the essential information. ...concise, reliable and very well written" - Israel M. Gelfand, Distinguished Professor Rutgers University, USA. "Rigorous and thorough analysis of physical basis of protein structure...unique in its profound professionalism ... free, colloquial style." - Alexander S. Spirin, Professor of Biochemistry, Moscow University, Russia