Bjørn Olav Brandsdal

Prof. Brandsdal received his PhD in physical chemistry in 2001 (University of Tromsø), and has been a professor of chemistry at the University of Tromsø since 2008. He has extensive experience in application and development of computational methods to study biological systems, in particular enzyme catalysis/ligand binding, as well as biophysical characterisations of such systems. The main computational methods used include ab initio, hybrid QM/MM, empirical valence bond simulations, molecular dynamics and free energy calculations. My current research interests also involve studies of the interactions between small molecules and mimics of biological membranes (bacterial-, eukaryotic-, and organelle membranes), including the development of new methodologies to enable more realistic simulations of biological membranes.