Pedro Alexandrino Fernandes

Computational Biochemistry, University of Porto

Pedro Alexandrino Fernandes

Academic

I have got a degree in chemistry at the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1993. After teaching chemistry in the high school for three years, I have started my PhD studies (1997), under the supervision of Prof. José Gomes. The subject of my work has been aimulations of liquid|liquid Interfaces and ion transfer across them. Upon finishing the PhD (2000) I become an Assistant Professor at the Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Sciences of Porto, Portugal, and later (2009) an associate Professor of the same Faculty. I teach courses for the degrees and MSc of Chemistry and of Biochemistry, mostly in the field of quantum chemistry, computational biochemistry and drug discovery.

Research

My research began with a brief passage through path integral Monte Carlo simulations. Afterwards I have spent a few (PhD) years dedicated to classical molecular dynamics simulations of liquid phase. My interests shifted towards biological systems after finishing my PhD, and I begun studying the catalytic mechanism of enzymes, first using Density Functional Theory and afterwards QM/MM methods. From then on, my research areas have broadened to encompass the energetics and dynamics of proteinsand membranes, molecular dynamics free energy calculations, computational mutagenesis (mostly alanne scanning mutagenesis), docking algorithms and software, and drug discovery.




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