A warm welcome to Fabian Kutzki that has just joined the MBM group as a PhD student.
Fabian completed his Master Studies at the Heidelberg University (Department for Theoretical Physics) under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Mielke. He especially focused on statistical and computational physics, stochastic differential equations and Monte Carlo simulations. He is interested in the theoretical foundations of the physics of proteins and the computational simulations that are necessary to understand them.
At MBM group he will be concerned with reactive simulations of disulfide-bonds and Redox reactions in general. His goal will be to combine classic MD simulations with some form of theoretical evaluation to predict the behaviour of chemical reactions in and between proteins without explicitly using the computationally expensive quantum physical ab initio methods.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.