Juggling research, education and services in structural bioinformatics.
March 4th, 16.45-17.15
Structural biology aims at characterizing the structural and dynamic properties of biological macromolecules at atomic details. Gaining insight into 3D structures of biomolecules and their interactions is critical for understanding the vast majority of cellular processes, with direct application in health and food sciences. To this end, my group has been developing for almost 20 years now the versatile information-driven docking approach HADDOCK. We have aimed since many years at providing web-based access to our tools (https://wenmr.science.uu.nl) to facilitate their use by researchers in the field. These services have been developed in subsequent initiatives under, both national and European projects. In my talk I will reflect on my career, describe the process that has brough us where we now stand, and discuss various aspects of juggling research, education, management and the provision of services in structural bioinformatics.
Prof. Alexandre Bonvin
Professor of Computational Structural Biology, Faculty of Science/Chemistry,Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Scientific Director Bijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research.
I studied Chemistry at Lausanne University, Switzerland and obtained my PhD at Utrecht University in the Netherlands (1993). After two post-docs at Yale (USA) and the ETHZ (CH) I joined Utrecht University in 1998 where I was appointed full professor of computational structural biology in 2009. I am currently Scientific Director of the Bijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research. I am very active in EU e-Infrastructure projects (e.g. BioExcel CoE, EOSC-Hub). My work, which has a strong focus on modelling biomolecular interactions, has resulted in over 225 peer-reviewed publications (Google Scholar Citations).
From the personal side, I am married with two daughters, and two cats, both female, which brings the gender balance to 5:1 at home. As hobbies I like skiing (I was a ski instructor during my study years in Switzerland) and golf (a very zen sport to empty your head and forget about work!).