Scott Lovell, PhD

Scott Lovell
  • Director

Contact Info

Del Shankel Structural Biology Center, 1045
2034 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047


Dr. Scott Lovell has served as Director of the Protein Structure Laboratory (PSXL) at the University of Kansas (KU) since 2008 and has 27 years of experience in the X-ray crystallography field. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in chemistry where he was trained in X-ray crystallography and studied the structural and optical properties of guest chromophores and biomolecules oriented in organic crystalline matrices. His postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was focused on the structure determination of Tn5 transposase:DNA complexes in an effort to gain mechanistic insight regarding DNA transposition. Subsequently, he managed an industrial structural biology group at deCODE biostructures, located in the Chicago area, overseeing all aspects of gene-to-structure projects for external commercial clients and internal projects, focused on drug discovery and development. In addition he assisted in the maintenance and operation of a synchrotron beamline, operated by deCODE, at the Advanced Photon Source. As the Director of the PSXL, his current laboratory collaborates with a diverse range of investigators from various academic and industrial institutions to obtain structural information of proteins and small molecules using X-ray crystallography and utilizes high throughput techniques to rapidly move protein structure projects from gene-to-structure.


B.S. in Chemistry, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1994, Omaha, NE
Ph.D. in Organic and Solid State Chemistry, Purdue University, 2000, West Lafayette, IN
Post Doctoral, Protein Crystallography, University of Wisconsin, 2002, Madison, WI