Dr. Xavier Daura
Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine – UAB
Exploiting protein flexibility to predict the location of allosteric sites
I studied Biological Sciences at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where I graduated in 1991. I had never thought of becoming a scientist, but was offered the chance to do a PhD in biomolecular simulation, a still young field that the labs of F. X. Avilés and E. Querol at the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (IBB) of UAB where starting to explore. I obtained the PhD in 1996 and after this initial formative period I moved to the lab of Wilfred van Gunsteren (Computer-Aided Chemistry) in the Department of Physical Chemistry of the Swiss Federal Insitute of Technology - ETH Zürich, a main reference in the field of computational modelling and simulation of biomolecular systems. These were extraordinary years that marked my career. In 2002 I was appointed Research Professor by the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and returned with this position to the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine of UAB, starting a new group in Computational Biology. In 2005 I was also appointed Associate Professor at UAB to combine my research activities with teaching at the Master's level. Since January 2011 I serve as Director of IBB.
Research keywords: multidrug-resistance, synthetic vaccinology, bioinformatics, biomolecular modelling, biomolecular simulation, pathogen proteomics.