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Professor Fernanda Duarte is a computational chemist at the Department of Chemistry and Fellow of Hertford College.
What is your main area(s) of interest/expertise?
Our group strives to break down some of the disciplinary barriers traditionally associated with chemistry, developing cutting-edge simulation methodologies and chemical models that improve our understanding of selectivity and chemical reactivity in (bio)chemical systems. Our goal is to aid the discovery of new mechanisms and molecules that have the potential to impact catalysis and drug development.
What are you working on right now?
During the lockdown, we have focused our modelling efforts to understand the dynamic behaviour and catalytic machinery employed by the main protein in SARS-CoV-2. The goal is to identify key interactions relevant for binding and catalysis that can guide the design of potential new inhibitors. This project runs collaboratively with colleagues in Statistics, Biochemistry and Chemistry at Oxford as well as researchers in Bristol and Grenoble.
Why is Oxford a good place to work in this field of research?
Two key aspects: First, the wealth of expertise and talent among students and researchers, and second, the presence of an energetic and enthusiastic community willing to collaborate with each other and share expertise.
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