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Mahmoud Moradi

Mahmoud Moradi

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(CHBC)-Chemistry & Biochemistry

Phone: 479-575-6459

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Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office: CHEM 129; Lab: CHEM 104

Research in Moradi Lab (Biomolecular Simulations Group) is centered around two inter-related questions: (i) how do proteins function by changing their conformation and undergoing concerted motions? and (ii) how can we simulate these functionally important conformational changes at an atomic level? We develop and employ Molecular Dynamics (MD) based enhanced sampling techniques to tackle both problems. Answering these questions would shed light on the structure-function relationships in proteins, and could improve our understanding of disease at a molecular level. We attempt to narrow the gap between the state-of-the-art computational methodologies and biologically/biomedically relevant applications. We are particularly interested in the study of large-scale conformational changes of proteins such as those involved in membrane transport. A novel combination of nonequilibrium and equilibrium MD based techniques are employed to reconstruct the slow biomolecular processes such as inward- to outward-facing structural transition of membrane transporters at an atomic level.

CHEM 5573. Statistical Thermodynamics, Spring 2018

Past Courses:

CHEM 5453. Quantum Chemistry I, Fall 2016

CHEM 5473. Chemical Kinetics, Spring 2016, 2017

CHEM 3504 Physical Chemistry I, Fall 2017.

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (Physics)

M.Sc., Sharif University of Technology, Iran (Physics)

B.Sc., Sharif University of Technology, Iran (Physics)

Education/Training:

Postdoctoral Associate, 2011-2015, Beckman Institute and Department of Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Ph.D., Physics, 2011, NC State University (NCSU), Raleigh

M.Sc., Physics, 2005, Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran

B.Sc., Physics, 2002, Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran

Editorial Service:

Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), 2014-present

Former Mentors:

Emad Tajkhorshid (UIUC), Christopher Roland (NCSU), Celeste Sagui (NCSU), and Shahin Rouhani (SUT)