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Wereszczynski Group


The Wereszczynski Lab focuses on using and developing theoretical chemistry and biophysical techniques to discern the physical basis of biological phenomena. To do this, we perform intensive computer simulations that quantify the motions of proteins, DNA, and other biological molecules to determine how their functions are influenced by their dynamics, and how these properties are influenced by interactions with other organic and inorganic molecules that exist in the cell.

We are members of the IIT Physics Department, and the Center for Molecular Study of Condensed Soft Matter (uCoSM), which is part of the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science & Engineering at IIT. In addition, we are affiliated with the Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT), an NIH funded X-ray facility located at Argonne National Laboratory.

Our group is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER and an NIGMS MIRA award. Computing resources are provide by a mix of in-house capabilities and external resources that are granted by the NSF sponsored Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project.