Ruslan Sanishvili (Nukri) has over 30 years of experience in macromolecular crystallography. He spent the majority of this time at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). First, he was an active member of the team commissioning the Structural Biology Center beamlines in sector 19 of the APS, and supporting its users. He was part of the initial phase of structural genomics as a member of MCSG. Then he moved to the GMCA beamlines in sector 23 to join the effort from the beamline design stage and worked through construction, commissioning and user operations. Nukri trained and assisted countless number of users of the SBC and GMCA beamlines. He was and still is most interested in methods development for the experimentation in MX data collection, as well as in structure-function relationships in proteins. Since 2008, Nukri has dedicated considerable effort to crystallographic education outreach. Together with CCP4 members, he founded and organized the crystallographic workshop “CCP4/APS School in Macromolecular Crystallography: From Data Collection to Structure Refinement and Beyond” for 12 years. In 2019, Nukri and Dr. Leela Ruckthong of the King Mongkutt’s University, Thonburi (Bangkok, Thailand), with the support from the university management and assistance from CCP4, founded the SouthEast Asian Crystallographic Overview And Systematic Training (SEA COAST).
Nukri’s nearest plans include expansion of the SEA COAST, and initiating and/or helping organize crystallographic training in several other countries.
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