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Presentation by D.E Shaw Research

13 February 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Event cost: Free

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is pleased to host D.E Shaw Research (DESRES)  a New York–based independent research laboratory that conducts scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry.  The group is currently focusing primarily on long molecular dynamics (MD) simulations involving proteins and other biological macromolecules of potential interest from both a scientific and a pharmaceutical perspective.  An integral part of their effort consists of designing and developing custom hardware and software to carry out this research.  They are also pursuing drug discovery programs, leveraging the insights enabled by their novel technologies, with an initial focus on drug targets that have proved resistant to traditional drug discovery methods.  Their team includes computational chemists and biologists, computer scientists and applied mathematicians, and computer architects and engineers, all working collaboratively within a tightly coupled interdisciplinary research environment under the leadership of their chief scientist David Shaw.

Join DESRES for an overview of their work and a discussion of current openings in the lab.

About the Speakers

Stefano Piana-Agostinetti

Stefano Piana-Agostinetti develops methods for accurate and efficient simulation of biomolecular systems. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste, and holds a B.S. in bioinorganic chemistry from the University of Florence. Previously, Stefano was a researcher at Curtin University in Perth and held postdoctoral fellowships in Switzerland at both the Ecole Polytechnique Federale and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule. His scientific research interests have focused on the use of ab initio and classical molecular dynamics to study proteins, DNA, crystals, and organic catalysts.

Lukas Bane

Lukas Bane is a member of the strategic growth team at DESRES. He earned a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University. As a graduate student, Lukas used X-ray crystallography to study the structure and function of the divalent metal transporter required for dietary iron absorption. He was also heavily involved in coordinating alumni within his department and founded the department’s Career Development Program, which helps prepare current graduate students for the job market.

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