A warm welcome to Nicholas who has just joined MBM group.
He is originally from Greece. He obtained a BSc in Biochemistry with Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds. Then he did his MSc in Computational Biology at the University of York. More recently, he has just finished his PhD in Computer Aided Drug Design in Oxford, focusing on the use of Coarse Grained Molecular Dynamic simulations in identifying protein ligand and protein lipid interactions.
His current project focuses on studying the properties of ionomers for their use in fuel cell membranes, also through the use of Coarse Grained Molecular Dynamics.
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.