Since October 2023, Fabian Grünewald is the second fellow of the HITS independent PostDoc Program. The program offers an opportunity for highly talented young scientists wanting to transition from PhD student to junior group leader. The next opening will be in 2024.
Born in Germany, Fabian studied chemistry at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to complete his Master’s degree in theoretical chemistry and computational modeling, which he obtained in 2018 with summa cum laude. In 2023, Fabian received his Ph.D. with distinction in physical/computational chemistry at the University of Groningen. He stayed there as a researcher in the Molecular Dynamics group before joining HITS.
Fabian’s research interests focus on the in-silico design and understanding of polymeric materials at the interface of biology and traditional material science by means of computer simulations. In his project, he focuses on RNA and aims to develop computational methods and software that help to design RNA nanoparticle therapeutics.
HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by 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, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.