Themis Lazaridis received a Diploma degree in chemical engineering in 1987 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He went on to earn a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, USA. His Ph.D. research involved, among other topics, the development of a practical approach to calculate the entropy of hydration in water, elucidating the molecular origin of the unfavorable entropy of hydrophobic hydration. He served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University from 1992 to 1998, continuing to work on the statistical thermodynamics of solvation. He also worked on the energetics of protein folding and developed an implicit solvation model for proteins in solution (EEF1). Since 1998, he has been working as a Faculty Member at the City College of New York. His current research interests focus on modeling protein-membrane interactions and especially the process of pore formation in membranes by antimicrobial peptides or protein toxins using implicit solvent models and all-atom simulations.
Biography Updated on 31 March 2013