Taras Pogorelov, Senior Research Scientist in the School of Chemical Sciences and Research Professor in the Chemistry Department, has been named as one of nine NCSA Faculty Fellows for 2014.
Professor Pogorelov received a Diploma in Biomedical Engineering from Bauman Moscow State Technical University in 1995, an M.S. in Mathematics in 1996, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics in 2006 (with Zan Luthey-Schulten), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2006 to 2009 he was a postdoctoral research associate in Chemistry Department (with Todd Martinez) and from 2009 to 2012 he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Beckman Institute (with Emad Tajkhorshid) and a Research Scientist at the School of Chemical Sciences. In 2012 he was appointed a Senior Research Scientist in charge of scientific computing, where he advises and collaborates with the School’s researchers in the areas of advanced computational chemistry.
Physical Chemistry of Complex Cellular Environments
We are interested in application and development of computational methods for modeling of biological macromolecules using the frameworks of molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry, and molecular evolution. Current emphasis is on the membrane-associated phenomena, membrane-protein interactions, cell signaling, and protein folding in complex environments.