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New NIC Research Group "Computational Biophysical Chemistry"

Prof. Dr. Holger GohlkeProf. Dr. Holger Gohlke

The new NIC research group Computational Biophysical Chemistry began work at Forschungszentrum Jülich at the end of April 2017. The group is headed by Prof. Dr. Holger Gohlke from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Gohlke obtained his diploma in chemistry from Technische Universität Darmstadt and his PhD from Philipps-Universität Marburg. He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA. After appointments as an assistant professor in Frankfurt and a professor in Kiel, he moved to Düsseldorf in 2009. Gohlke was awarded the "Innovationspreis in Medizinischer und Pharmazeutischer Chemie" (innovation award for medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry) by the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the German Pharmaceutical Society (DPhG), the Hansch Award of the Cheminformatics and QSAR Society, and the Novartis Chemistry Lectureship. His current research focuses on the understanding, prediction, and modulation of interactions involving biomolecules and supramolecules from a computational perspective. Gohlke’s group applies and develops techniques grounded in structural bioinformatics, computational biology, and computational biophysics. In line with these research interests, the group is excited about the possibility of a dual affiliation at JSC and ICS-6. This will pave the way to bridging the supercomputing capabilities of JSC with the structural biochemistry capabilities of ICS-6 in order to address complex questions on the structure, dynamics, and function of biomolecules and supramolecules.
(Contact: Prof. Dr. Holger Gohlke,

JSC News No. 251, 18 July 2017