I am currently employed by a major academic medical center.  This work is wholly distinct and entirely separate from my work at said employer.  All views expressed herein are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer, any of my clients or anyone else.   

Molecular Graphics and Source Data

Molecular graphics and analyses were performed with the UCSF Chimera package with permission. Chimera is developed by the Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics at the University of California, San Francisco (supported by NIGMS P41-GM103311).  UCSF Chimera--a visualization system for exploratory research and analysis. Pettersen EF, Goddard TD, Huang CC, Couch GS, Greenblatt DM, Meng EC, Ferrin TE. J Comput Chem. 2004 Oct;25(13):1605-12.

Source data for initial image rendering comes from sources including the protein data bank (PDB).  URL for the PDB is www.rcsb.org. H.M. Berman, J. Westbrook, Z. Feng, G. Gilliland, T.N. Bhat, H. Weissig, I.N. Shindyalov, P.E. Bourne.
(2000) The Protein Data Bank Nucleic Acids Research, 28: 235-242.

Pubchem: Kim S, Thiessen PA, Bolton EE, Chen J, Fu G, Gindulyte A, Han L, He J, He S, Shoemaker BA, Wang J, Yu B, Zhang J, Bryant SH. PubChem Substance and Compound databases. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 4; 44(D1):D1202-13. Epub 2015 Sep 22 [PubMed PMID: 26400175] doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv951 

Cover image for website initially rendered from PDB ID 5F9I.


Terms of Use

Last Updated 11 June 2017

Welcome to my website.  This site exists to educate and inform you about my work.

These Terms of Service (“Terms”) apply to your access to and use of the website and other online products and services (collectively, the “Services”) provided by me.  By accessing this website you agree to these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, then do not access or use my website and/or Services.

Please refer to my privacy policy for information about how I may collect, use and disclose information about you.

1. Eligibility

You may only purchase products from me if you are at least 18 years of age.  When you make a purchase, you represent that (1) you meet such age requirement, (2) all of the information you provide is accurate, current and complete, and (3) you will be solely responsible for all transactions that take place using your account. I reserve the right to refuse service, terminate your account, or cancel your orders in my sole discretion, including, without limitation, if I believe that your conduct violates applicable law or is harmful to my interests.

2. Linking to this website

You may link to my homepage, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage my reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on my part without my written consent.

3. Limited License; Copyright and Trademark

My services and the text, graphics, images, photographs, videos, illustrations, trademarks, trade names, service marks, logos, slogans and other content contained are owned by or licensed to R.R. Lavieri and are protected under both United States and foreign laws. Except as explicitly stated in these Terms, I reserve all rights in and to my services and content. Prior written permission to use, reproduce, or reprint any photograph, illustration, artwork, or other information or materials must be obtained from the copyright owner, regardless of the intended use. Any unauthorized use of the materials appearing herein may be in violation of copyright, trademark, and other applicable laws and could result in criminal or civil penalties. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

4. Acceptable Use

You agree that you will not violate any law, contract, intellectual property or other third party right or commit a tort, and that you are solely responsible for your conduct while accessing or using the my site/services.  You agree that you will abide by these Terms.

5. Third Party Content

I may provide links to third-party websites, apps, mobile services or other third-party services and I may also display, link to or otherwise make available third-party content, data advertisements, promotions, or materials (collectively, "Third Party Content") through the site. I do not control, endorse or adopt any Third Party Content, and I do not make any representations or warranties regarding any Third Party Content, including its accuracy or completeness.  You agree that your interactions with third parties providing Third Party Content are solely between you and such third parties, and I am not responsible or liable in any manner for such interactions or Third Party Content.

6. Feedback

Unless otherwise stated in writing by me any and all questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, original or creative materials or other information you provide to me are non-confidential.  I will own exclusive rights, including, without limitation, all intellectual property rights, in and to the Feedback and will be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of Feedback for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you. 

7. Indemnification

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you will indemnify, hold harmless and (at my option) defend me from and against any loss, liability, claim, demand, damages, expenses or costs (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or related to (a) your access to or use of my Services; (b) your Feedback; (c) your violation of these Terms; (d) your violation, misappropriation or infringement of any rights of another (including intellectual property rights or privacy rights); or (e) your conduct in connection with my Services. This indemnity is in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other indemnities set forth in a written agreement between you and me.

8. Disclaimers

Your use of my Services is at your sole risk. My Services are provided “as is” and “as available” without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, and non-infringement. In addition, I do not represent or warrant that my Services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. While I attempt to make your access to and use of my Services safe, I cannot and do not represent or warrant that my Services or servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. You assume the entire risk as to the quality and performance of the Services.

9. Limitation of Liability

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, I will not be liable to you under any theory of liability—whether based in contract, tort, negligence, strict liability, warranty, or otherwise—for any indirect, consequential, incidental, or special damages or lost profits, even if I have been advised of the possibility of such damages.

I claim no liability for any claim arising out of or relating to these Terms or my Services.

The limitations set forth in this section will not limit or exclude liability for the gross negligence, fraud or intentional misconduct of myself for any other matters in which liability cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

10. Release

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you release me from responsibility, liability, claims, demands, and/or damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown (including, but not limited to, claims of negligence), arising out of or related to disputes between users and the acts or omissions of third parties. You expressly waive any rights you may have under any statute or common law principles that would otherwise limit the coverage of this release to include only those claims which you may know or suspect to exist in your favor at the time of agreeing to this release.

11. Transfer and Processing of Data

By accessing or using the Service, you consent to the processing, transfer and storage of information about you in and to the United States and other countries, where you may not have the same rights and protections as you do under local law.

12. Dispute Resolution; Binding Arbitration

Please read the following section carefully because it requires you to arbitrate certain disputes and claims with me and limits the manner in which you can seek relief from me.

(a) YOU AND ME ARE AGREEING TO GIVE UP ANY RIGHTS TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION WITH RESPECT TO A CLAIM. ANY CLAIM, DISPUTE OR CONTROVERSY (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER PRE-EXISTING, PRESENT OR FUTURE, AND INCLUDING STATUTORY, CONSUMER PROTECTION, COMMON LAW, INTENTIONAL TORT, INJUNCTIVE AND EQUITABLE CLAIMS) BETWEEN YOU AND US ARISING FROM OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO YOUR PURCHASE OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THROUGH THE SITE, WILL BE RESOLVED EXCLUSIVELY AND FINALLY BY BINDING ARBITRATION. (b) The arbitration will be administered by the American Arbitration Association (”AAA”) in accordance with the Consumer Arbitration Rules (the ”AAA Rules”) then in effect, except as modified by this Section 12. (The AAA Rules are available at www.adr.org/arb_med or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.) The Federal Arbitration Act will govern the interpretation and enforcement of this section. The arbitrator will have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to arbitrability and/or enforceability of this arbitration provision, including any unconscionability challenge or any other challenge that the arbitration provision or the Agreement is void, voidable or otherwise invalid. The arbitrator will be empowered to grant whatever relief would be available in court under law or in equity. Any award of the arbitrator(s) will be final and binding on each of the parties, and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. If you prevail on any claim that affords the prevailing party attorneys’ fees, the arbitrator may award reasonable fees to you under the standards for fee shifting provided by law. (c) You may elect to pursue your claim in small-claims court rather than arbitration if you provide me with written notice of your intention do so within 60 days of your purchase. The arbitration or small-claims court proceeding will be limited solely to your individual dispute or controversy. (d) You agree to an arbitration on an individual basis. In any dispute, NEITHER YOU NOR I WILL BE ENTITLED TO JOIN OR CONSOLIDATE CLAIMS BY OR AGAINST OTHER CUSTOMERS IN COURT OR IN ARBITRATION OR OTHERWISE PARTICIPATE IN ANY CLAIM AS A CLASS REPRESENTATIVE, CLASS MEMBER OR IN A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL CAPACITY. The arbitral tribunal may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. The arbitral tribunal has no power to consider the enforceability of this class arbitration waiver and any challenge to the class arbitration waiver may only be raised in a court of competent jurisdiction. If any provision of this arbitration agreement is found unenforceable, the unenforceable provision will be severed and the remaining arbitration terms will be enforced.

13. Governing Law and Venue

All matters relating to this website and my terms and any dispute or claim arising therefrom or related thereto (in each case, including non-contractual disputes or claims) will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Tennessee, without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision. Any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these terms or my website will be instituted exclusively in the federal and state courts located in Davidson county, Tennessee. You waive any and all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction over you by such courts and to venue in such courts.

14. Changes to these Terms

I may make changes to these Terms from time to time. If I make changes, I will post the amended Terms to my Services and update the “Last Updated” date above. Unless I say otherwise, the amended Terms will be effective immediately and your continued access to and use of my Services after I provide notice will confirm your acceptance of the changes. If you do not agree to the amended Terms, you must stop accessing and using my Services.

15. Termination

I reserve the right, without notice and in my sole discretion, to terminate your right to access or use my Services. I am not responsible for any loss or harm related to your inability to access or use my Services.

16. Severability

If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

17. Miscellaneous

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and me relating to your access to and use of my Services. My failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. Except as otherwise provided herein, these Terms are intended solely for the benefit of the parties and are not intended to confer third party beneficiary rights upon any other person or entity.

Privacy Policy

Last Updated 11 June 2017

Privacy Principles

I am committed to protecting your privacy. This Policy describes the types of information I may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit my website and my practices for using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing that information.

I may update this Policy. In the event this Policy changes, I will inform you by posting an updated Policy on this web page. All changes will go into effect on the date noted above. The new Policy will replace any prior Policies.

Information I Collect and How I Use It

I do not collect personally identifiable information from individuals unless they provide it to me voluntarily and knowingly. Visitors to my website are not required to register or provide information to me in order to view the content on my website.

If you purchase items from me, I collect the following information about you: name, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, billing information including credit card numbers and expiration dates as well as the names, addresses and phone numbers of gift recipients (if any). I use your name, address, phone number and billing/credit card information to process your order or as otherwise described in this Policy.

The email address you provide is used for internal purposes, such as confirming and tracking your orders or as otherwise described in this Policy. I may also contact you occasionally via email or regular mail to keep you up-to-date on my newest work. If you would like to opt out of receiving mailings from me, just let me know (see contact information below).

In certain instances, I may disclose your personally identifiable information when I have reason to believe that it is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against persons or entities who may be causing injury to you, me or others. I may also disclose your personally identifiable information when I believe the law requires it.


My website uses “cookies.” I use cookies to help me determine whether a visitor to my website has visited my website before or if he or she is a new visitor. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but they should also allow you to instruct your browser to prevent the use of cookies. Please note that if you disable cookies, certain aspects of my website may not function properly.  My cookies do not track any personal information about you or provide me with any way to contact you, and the cookies do not extract any information from your computer.

I may use third-party analytical tools to help me better understand how you use my website. These analytical tools will place cookies on your computer to collect information. The information collected by these analytical tools will tell me things like which search engine referred you to my website, how you navigated around my website and what you purchased. The third party provider of the analytical tools may only use your personal information to perform services for me and is contractually required to maintain all of the information it collects and analyzes for me securely and in confidence. This third party may not share your personal information with anyone else, or use it for any other purpose, except on an aggregate, non-identifiable basis.

Third Party Service Providers

I sometimes employ other companies and individuals to perform services for me. For example, I may hire agencies to help administer promotions, to analyze data, to process and fulfill orders you place, and to provide customer service. I may share your personally identifiable information with these parties, who have agreed to hold this information in confidence, not to use it for any purpose except to carry out the requested service, and to honor my privacy and security policies in the way this information is handled.


I take your privacy and security extremely seriously. For this reason, I maintain administrative, physical and technical safeguards that are designed to protect your personal information from accidental, unlawful or unauthorized destruction, loss, access, disclosure or use.

Opting Out

If you would rather not receive news emails from me, please let me know by contacting me as indicated below.

Contacting Me

You may ask questions, submit comments and opt out of receiving updates and other mailings from me by contacting me via email at Robert at rrlavieri.com