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Hauptman-Woodward Institute

Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) is an independent, not-for-profit biomedical research facility specializing in the area of basic research known as structural biology. Located in the new Buffalo Life Sciences Complex on the BNMC, this institution was founded in 1956 by Dr. George Koepf and Helen Woodward Rivas. Their president and namesake, Dr. Herbert A. Hauptman, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1985 for his development of the formula known as direct methods, where his application of classical mathematics finally resolved an issue that had defeated generations of chemists.

HWI’s mission is two-fold; they are committed to improving human health by studying the causes of diseases, such as kidney disease, AIDS, cancer, arthritis, thyroid disorders, and many others, at their basic molecular level and are also working to educate the scientists of tomorrow. Since 2001, HWI has served as the University at Buffalo’s Department of Structural Biology.

Their new state-of-the-art Structural Biology Research Center adds to their already enviable collection of molecular biology, crystal growth, and x-ray diffraction facilities. HWI plans to recruit 15 new scientists to Western New York over the next 7 years.

Through HWI’s High School Apprenticeship Program, students from city-area high schools and middle schools receive the opportunity to conduct hands-on evolution and bioinformatics experimentation, exposing them to medical research in the lab. Learn more about the program here.

The Hauptman-Woodard Medical Research Institute is under the leadership of:

  • Eaton Ed Lattman, PhD, Executive Director & CEO
  • Richard Aubrecht, PhD, Chairman of the Board

Web site: www.hwi.buffalo.edu