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Tom Kurtzman
Friday, November 22, 2019, 02:30pm - 03:30pm
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Contact Rob Rizzo, host

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Lehman College
Bronx, NY

Exploiting active site solvation structure and thermodynamics for drug discovery and design

Understanding the underlying physics of the binding of small-molecule drugs to protein active sites is a key objective of computational chemistry and biology. The displacement and reorganization of water molecules from the active site upon the binding of a ligand is a principal, and often dominant, source of binding free energy. We will discuss how we use statistical mechanics and molecular dynamics simulations to help characterize the solvation of protein active sites and how this information may be incorporated into computational tools aimed at aiding early-stage drug discovery and design efforts.

Visit the Kurtzman lab webpage

Location Laufer Center Lecture Hall 101
Refreshments following the seminar in Laufer Hub 110