Victor Muñoz is a Professor of Biophysics at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park (USA). He did his undergraduate work at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, and carried out his PhD (awarded in 1995) at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, under the supervision of Luis Serrano. He then moved to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, as a Human Frontiers Science Program Postdoctoral Fellow to work under the supervision of William A. Eaton. In 2000 he moved to the University of Maryland as Assistant Professor were he performed paradigm shifting experiments in protein biophysics and actively participated in establishing closer connections between these new experiments and physical theory. He obtained early promotion to tenured Associate Professor in 2005. In 2007 he moved to the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas in Madrid to establish a new research program of international excellence in modern protein biophysics. His research interests involve the investigation of protein folding, evolution, and de novo design, as well as of the role of protein misfolding in neurodegenerative disease. His approach combines experiment and theory, and is deeply multidisciplinary touching aspects of Molecular Biology-Biochemistry, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science focused toward solving problems of biomedical and biotechnological relevance. He has been a member of Faculty of 1000 since 2001. In 2000 he obtained the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award. In 2001 he obtained the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. In 2002 he was awarded the Searle Scholarship. In 2007 he obtained a Marie Curie Excellence Grant, which funded the migration of his entire research group from the University of Maryland to CIB. He was elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization in 2009.
Biography Updated on 27 September 2011