3DMD Announces New Partners

Tim Herman, PhD, founder of 3D Molecular Designs and its sister organization, the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling, announced that MSOE sold its share of 3DMD to Diane Herman (Tim's wife), their children, Heather Ryan and Matt Herman, and colleague, Mark Hoelzer. Tim, Diane and Heather serve as 3DMD's leadership team. Mark is leader model designer at 3DMD and the CBM. Matt is 3DMD's IT consultant. Vito Gervasi, who became a 3DMD partner in 2005, has worked as a consulting engineer for the company since it was spun off from the CBM in 1999. READ MORE


3DMD Brings Hands-On Molecular Modeling to the Birthplace of Modern Molecular Biology

Tim Herman, PhD, founder of 3D Molecular Designs and the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling, and Mark Hoelzer, MFA, lead model designer, traveled to England in February to conduct two workshops with secondary biology and art students and teachers in Cambridge, the site of numerous advances in structural biology. Tim and Mark guided workshop participants in the use of instructional materials such as the Water Kit©, Amino Acid Starter Kit©, Synapse Construction Kit© and new Dynamic DNA Kit©. (See photos below.)








They were invited by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and Protein Data Bank Europe (PDB-E) as part of an innovative program that involves teachers and students in learning about proteins and their role in health and disease. The students express their understanding through their art, which is shown at an exhibition and published in calendars. (See photos right.)

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Tim and Mark gave a third presentation entitled “Communicating Your Science” to community engagement staff and researchers at the renowned Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge. They also brought this nylon model of the 50 subunit ribosome complex to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, PhD, at the LMB. (See photo left.) He was one of three scientists awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research on ribosomes. The LMB is also where James Watson and Francis Crick first described the structure of DNA in 1953, Max Perutz discovered the structure of hemoglobin in 1962, and Fred Sanger developed his dideoxy-nucleotide sequencing method in 1980.



Herman and Hoelzer Invited to Give Presentations At Prestigious European Bioinformatics Institute in UK

Tim Herman, PhD, and Mark Hoelzer, MFA, are invited to give presentations to educators and secondary students in Cambridge, UK, by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) on the Wellcome Genome Campus. They will lead two workshops and a seminar February 6-9. READ MORE

Teacher Recognized for Using Models to Make Science Accessible

Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Susan Auld, for this profile in her school district's fall 2018 newsletter. The teacher at Sehome High School in Bellingham, WA is participating in a two-year summer professional development course offered by our sister organization, the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling. Auld is using the knowledge and hands-on models she's receiving in The Science and Ethics of Genome Editing to make science education more accessible to her students. Some of the instructional materials developed in the course will be available for purchase in our catalog beginning in fall 2019, including a chromosome kit and a CRISPR kit. Watch for more information in the coming months! READ MORE


We Moved!

We have leased 10,000 square feet of space at 804 N. Milwaukee St., adjacent to the Milwaukee School of Engineering. We only are 3 ½ blocks from the Center for BioMolecular Modeling, our sister organization, and continue to be conveniently located for our MSOE student employees. We appreciated the opportunity to lease space from MSOE for 8 years, but outgrew our area. Please update our address in your records. Our phone, website addresses and email addresses have not changed. 

Mailing Address



3D Molecular Designs 414-774-6562 1-414-774-3435
804 N. Milwaukee St.    
Suite 200    

Milwaukee, WI 53202



3D Molecular Designs Featured in BizTimes' Made in Milwaukee Series

Tim and Diane Herman and Heather Ryan recently sat down with a BizTimes Milwaukee reporter to discuss the company's history, growth and upcoming relocation. READ MORE