RONALD and ESTHER BRESLOW are living proof that scientific couples who pursue successful independent careers can also raise a happy family -- in their case, two daughters. Ronald Breslow is currently University Professor and Mitchill Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University. A member of Columbia's faculty since 1956, he pioneered the study of novel conjugated systems and their tendencies toward antiaromaticity. And since 1961,Esther Breslow has been a professor of biochemistry, and more recently, acting chairperson of the department at the Cornell University Medical Center. She is a past secretary of the Division of Biological Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Together, the Breslows have produced exceptional advances in science.

Esther Breslow's research has focused on the molecular and thermodynamic basis of protein-ligand recognition and binding and on the effects of such binding on protein conformation. These studies have included the first analysis of the role of heme in the...

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