Ken Dill is the Director of the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University and the Louis and Beatrice Laufer Professor of Physics and Chemistry. He received SB and SM degrees from MIT in Mechanical Engineering in 1971, a PhD in Biology with BH Zimm at the University of California, San Diego, did postdoctoral research with PJ Flory at Stanford University, and was on the faculty of the University of California San Francisco for 25 years.
His research is at the intersection of statistical physics with the biophysics of proteins and cells. He has worked on the physics of protein folding; computational structural biology; proteostasis in the cell; and on foundational problems in nonequilibrium statistical physics.
Dill is a past president of the Biophysical Society and a co-author of two textbooks. He received the Hans Neurath Award from the Protein Society, the Max Delbruck Award from the American Physical Society and the Sackler Prize in Biophysics. Dill is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.