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Post-Doctoral Researchers

Erik Abrahamsson

Dr. Abrahamsson received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Göteborg University in Sweden. He is a co-author of our BioVEC molecular visualization software.

Atanu Das

Dr. Das is interested in Protein folding, misfolding and aggregation, as well as DNA modification and repair. He is currently a PDF in the group of Dmitrii E. Makarov at UT Austin, Department of Chemistry.

Reza Ejtehadi

Dr. Ejtehadi is interested in soft condensed matter physics, biological macromolecules, complex systems, and simulations and computational physics. He is currently an associate professor at Sharif University.

Mahdi Ghelichi Protein misfolding and dysregulation in cancer
Yuri Gusev

Dr. Gusev received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the University of Manitoba; his current research at Perimeter Institute involves quantum gravity.

Mona Habibi

Simulation of mechanically-induced protein unfolding and monomerization for misfolding-prone proteins, mhabibi(at)phas.ubc.ca

(Supervised jointly with Prof. Joerg Rottler)

Daniel Luesebrink Dimer binding affinity calculations for SOD1; approach to equilibrium
Eric Mills Density functional theory of solvation; protein unfolding thermodynamics
Xubiao Peng

Energy landscape theory for protein misfolding: applications to ALS and cancer

Sabbatical Visitors

Prof. Hector Dominguez

Materials Science Institute
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Metal-protein interactions (August 2015 - July 2016)

Peter Lenz Protein science; Molecular mechanisms in cancer

Apichart Linhananta

Lakehead University

Osmolyte-Induced Protein Stability (January - July 2009)

Visiting Researchers

Matthias Huber

Mechanisms of protein folding (June 2004 - April 2005)

Graduate Researchers

Vibudh Agrawal Algorithmic discovery of genetic regulatory elements
Si Chen

Statistical mechanics of graphs and emergent manifolds, quantum gravity. sichen(at)phas.ubc.ca

John Dupuis

Saponsin-like protein-membrane interactions
johndupuis1 (at) hotmail (dot) com

*Supervised jointly with Rickey Yada

Miguel Garcia

Magnetic sensing proteins. miguel(at)phas.ubc.ca

William Guest

Misfolding and aggregation in prion protein and SOD1 (M.D./Ph.D. Program)
Shared with Faculty of Medicine, Neil Cashman

Shirin Hadizadeh Osmolyte effects on protein stability
Rawnak Hoque Bioinformatics of cancer expression data
Todd Kilstrom

Computational Protein misfolding; Protein stability and instability

*Supervised jointly with Neil Cashman

Ali Mohazab
High-dimensional distance metrics, applications to protein folding (Ph.D. Program)
Alex Morriss-Andrews

Rigid body simulations of coarse-grained DNA
(Co-supervised, with Joerg Rottler, Physics)

Baris Oztop Protein folding rates and mechanisms
Alena Shmygelska Energy parameters and search algorithms for protein structure prediction (Co-supervised, with Holger Hoos, Comp. Sci.)

Graduate Rotation Students - GSAT Program

Matthew Bundala matus.bundala (at) gmail.com
Min Feng feng.min110 (at) gmail.com

Undergraduate Researchers

Stefan Avall s_avall(at)yahoo.ca
Kyle Bower Steiner minimal networks in high-dimension
Alvin Cheung


Sebastian Cogswell sebcogs(at)yahoo.com
Philip Edgcumbe


John Flores Dimer stability of superoxide dismutase and ALS
Zach Hamilton Disordered protein ensembles; membrane bound proteins
Johanna Hansen johanna(at)physics.ubc.ca
Justin Hsu justinhsu(at)telus.net
Derek Inman Molecular dynamics simulations of superoxide dismutase misfolding
Benjamin Lindner benlin(at)interchange.ubc.ca
Sebastian Ohse sohse(at)interchange.ubc.ca
Gene Polovy Energetic analysis of alpha-spectrin repeat proteins
David Rudko rudko(at)interchange.ubc.ca
Brian Sin

Unfolded protein ensembles; protein folding kinetics

Kwinten Van Gassen

Protein energetics and loop entropy

Brittany Welsh

Molecular genetics; evolution

Jim Xu

Protein Dimer Binding Free Energy Calculations

Christopher Yearwood cyearwoo (at) physics.ca
Rachel Zhao Novel therapeutic targets for intrinsically-disordered, prion-like proteins involved in Alzheimer’s and ALS
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