• Dr. Andreas Vitalis is currently a Senior Scientist or Oberassistent in the Caflisch group.

    Mission Statement:

    I was trained originally as a biochemist at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, but soon discovered that my talents and natural inclination leaned toward theory and computation. After a stay in Andy McCammon's group at the University of California, San Diego, I eventually did my Ph.D. at Washington University in Saint Louis under the supervision of Rohit Pappu. One core aspect of my doctoral work was the development of the ABSINTH continuum solvation model, and this is also where my role as primary developer of CAMPARI started. Since the completion of my Ph.D. I have worked, first as a postdoc and now as a senior researcher, in the Caflisch lab. In this function, I have been and am (co)supervising several Ph.D. students.

    My research interests are driven by the desire to understand human life at the molecular level, specifically in the context of when and how things go wrong. Most of my applied research has focused on two neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer's and Huntington's. In more recent years, data science has become a second core interest of mine, which is fuelled by a long-standing wish to advance knowledge by "synthesizing" information that has already been generated (and published). I have a broad expertise in molecular science and am skilled in various areas of scientific computation focusing on algorithms development (for particle-based simulations and data analysis) and high-performance and parallel computing. When I am at home, I spend time with the family, play music, or work as a translator (English⇔German). While commuting, I like to challenge myself with experimental literature.

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    Dr. Andreas Vitalis has been a member of the Caflisch group from 08/2009 - current.

    Email address:

    a [dot] vitalis [at] bioc [dot] uzh [dot] ch