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DTC Seminar Series

Synergistic Computational Approaches for Proteinformatics


Yiannis Kaznessis
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department

Wednesday, December 5, 2001
1:00 pm

Room 56 Architecture (lower level)

Dr. Kaznessis develops and employs computational chemistry and structural bioinformatics tools in an effort to understand the relationship between the sequence, the structure and the function of protein molecules. Such an understanding confers the design certainty that is necessary to engineer solutions for diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Two examples will be presented in which physicochemical-principles-based approaches (computer simulations) are combined with evolutionary thinking (bioinformatics) to elucidate molecular level biological phenomena and develop rules for novel molecular design.


Dr. Kaznessis is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He also holds a joint appointment in the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1999, and a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1994. Kaznessis worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Drug Discovery Technologies Department at Pfizer Global Research and Development, and the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan in the period 1999-2001. Prof. Kaznessis' research interests have focused in the areas of computer modeling of molecular-level biological phenomena and structural bioinformatics. His teaching interests include courses in statistical thermodynamics, molecular modeling, and bioinformatics.