Ian Haworth received his PhD from University of Liverpool, UK (adviser: Prof. Raymond J. Abraham), 1986-1989, in physical organic chemistry, and conducted postdoctoral work at Oxford University, UK (adviser: Prof. W. Graham Richards), 1989-1992. He joined USC in 1992. His research interests lie at the interface between chemistry, biology and the computational sciences, with the goal being an improved understanding of the dynamics of molecular association of nucleic acids and proteins. He has published more than 60 papers in this area, and his work has attracted funding from federal and non-federal sources.
Haworth’s laboratory has developed algorithms for nucleic acid structure building, nucleic acid aptamer design, transporter protein structure and analysis, and MHC-peptide-TCR association. The basis of these algorithms is accurate reproduction of molecular association through proper molecular and theoretical descriptions of biological interfaces.