Our research focuses on the innovation of multiscale modeling to understand complex chemical systems. We aim to elucidate the critical structure-mechanism-function relationships of chemical and biological compounds, and provide rational guide to help drug discovery and materials design.
Our current projects include the studies of peptide and protein assemblies, protein-sugar interactions, as well as organic, inorganic and hybrid materials, ranging from microscopic (~angstrom, ~nanosecond) to mesoscopic scales (~millimeter, ~millisecond).
To achieve their biological functions, proteins often require interactions with the environment and their partners. We are studying how medically important peptides and proteins interact with other peptides/proteins, lipids, sugars, and small organic molecules at a variety of length and time scales.
Many organic, inorganic and hybrid materials have intriguing properties and potential applications. To better design and optimize new materials, we are applying robust multiscale methods to model their structures and dynamics, as well as to explore their assembly processes.
We endeavor to access large biological/material complexes and long chemical processes, using new ways of multiscale modeling. One of our key ideas is to adapt the model resolutions based on the needs. For a smooth transition between different resolutions, we are constructing new multiscale theory and methodology.
Congratulations to Jonathon for receiving the CBSB18 Outstanding Young Researcher Award, to Garrett for receiving the LCOM Summer Research Fellowship, and to Marlo for receiving the Chemistry undergraduate research fellowship.
We received the full allocation for the supercomputers Stampede and Comet from XSEDE for 2018.
Welcome to our new group members, Yongtao and Vanessa.
Jianing received the Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women Travel Award from Biophysical Society.
Congratulations to Tyler for receiving the APLE undergraduate research award from UVM.
We have our ACS PRF proposal funded!
We have moved into the new Discovery building.
Congratulations to our graduate student Xiaochuan Zhao for receiving the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the CBSB17 workshop.