NMR Facility Director
In 1976 Cross received a B.S. degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and later a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania with Prof. Stanley J. Opella pursuing technological development for structural and dynamic characterizations of protein through solid state NMR spectroscopy. Cross spent 1983 at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum in Switzerland with Prof. Joachim Seelig. While Cross’s NATO fellowship was to pursue this lipid research with Seelig, he spent much of the year developing MRI probes for one of the first MRI instruments for human extremities and laboratory animals.
In 1984 at Florida State University’s Department of Chemistry, Cross pursued the use of solid state NMR of transmembrane peptides and proteins. Having received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from NSF, he characterized the structure of gramicidin A in a liquid crystalline lipid environment, the first all-atom structure of a membrane peptide or protein in a lipid environment. Along the way he became an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and in 1989. Cross was recruited by Prof. Jack Crow to write portions of the successful grant proposal to the National Science Foundation for moving the National MagLab from MIT to Tallahassee.
Cross is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Biophysical Society as well as the International Society for Magnetic Resonance.
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