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Molecular biophysics
Alexey Onufriev

Associate Professor,
Departments of Computer Science and Physics

2160C Torgersen Hall, Virginia Tech
Telephone: (540) - 231 - 4237
Email @cs.vt.edu : alexey

 

 


Research

Our group uses theoretical and computational methods to understand dynamics and function of biomolecular systems such as proteins, DNA, and their complexes. Some of these methods are being developed in our lab. The computations are often performed on supercomputers. My philosophy is that among the multitude of models of a complex system that one can build, only the very simple, robust solutions may have a chance to represent reality. Complex solutions with tens of fitting parameters may sometimes be of great practical use, but often misrepresent reality (the geocentric model of the Universe is one such example). As with any theoretical work, close contact with experimental groups is essential.

Education

M.S. Biophysics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Ph.D. Computational Solid State Physics, Brown University