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Dokholyan gives spring 2021 Dean’s Lecture on molecular engineering

Nikolay Dokholyan, PhD, MS presented the Spring 2021 Penn State College of Medicine Dean’s Lecture, delivering a speech entitled “Molecular Engineering in Translational Research” on May 11.

Dokholyan is a leading researcher in computational biology and biophysics and is known for developing technologies that illuminate biological mechanisms using the principles of physics.

He has published more than 280 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 21 book chapters and was elected fellow of the American Physical Society (2012) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2019).

Dokholyan received his PhD in Physics in 1999 at Boston University, and he completed postdoctoral training at Harvard University in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology as a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award Fellow. He joined the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine as an assistant professor in 2002, and he was promoted to full professor in 2011. Dokholyan served as the director of the Center for Computational and Systems Biology and the graduate director of the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics at the University of North Carolina.

In 2018, Dr. Dokholyan moved to Penn State College of Medicine and assumed the position of the G. Thomas Passananti Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pharmacology and the director of the Center for Translational Systems Research. He is also a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a researcher at Penn State Cancer Institute.

View a replay of the Dean’s Lecture and Research Recognition Awards
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Read more about Dokholyan’s work predicting functional sites in proteins

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