Dimitrios Morikis is a Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California Riverside (UCR). He is also a faculty member at UCR's Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, and a cooperating faculty with the Department of Chemistry. He received his B.S. degree in physics in 1983 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his M.S. in physics in 1985 and his Ph.D. in physics (with specialization in Biophysics) in 1990, both from the Northeastern University, Boston, USA. He did his postdoctoral fellowship in structural biology at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif, USA, and a Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. His work is highly cross-disciplinary using methods from biophysics, structural biology, computational chemistry, and bioengineering. His current work focuses on immune system function and regulation, design of proteins with tailored properties, design of peptide-single elements of secondary structure, knowledge-based drug design, and development of structural bioinformatics methods. His research is hybrid, computational, with emphasis on electrostatic calculations and molecular dynamics simulations, and experimental, with emphasis on NMR spectroscopy. He was elected American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2006 and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow in 2008. He has received an National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Service Award (1999–2001), the UCR 2003-2004 Non-Senate Distinguished Researcher Award, and a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship in 1983-1984. He is an author in more than 80 research papers, reviews, and book chapters and has coedited the volume “Structural Biology of the Complement System.” He has taught biophysics and biothermodynamics, computational modeling of biomolecules, and integration of computational and experimental biology.
Biography Updated on 9 November 2009