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Biomolecular Sciences Institute Seminar: Computational investigations of SARS-CoV-2 variants and other biomolecules

This is a past event.

Friday, March 17 at 1:00pm

FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PG6 112 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199

Recent advancements in computer simulation techniques and their ever-increasing applicability in various fields including physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine have created a unique opportunity of doing science even in the remotest parts of the globe. Nepal, a small landlocked country, has produced a steady stream of researchers for many institutions in the developed world including the US. In this talk, I will provide an overview of physics education in Nepal and present some of the current research activities in the areas of condensed matter physics and biophysics. I will discuss our investigations on the binding mechanisms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus’ spike protein to human receptor (hACE2) protein. This includes the calculation and comparison of binding free energies between different variants such as delta, mu, and omicron. I will also discuss computational investigations of the sequence specificity in methylated DNA binding protein Kaiso.


The seminar is co-sponsored by the FIU Department of Physics

Questions? Contact Marisol Torres from the Biomolecular Sciences Institute at

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