I did my BSc (Chemistry, University of Havana, 2003) and MSc (Bioinformatics, Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotech, 2003) studies in Havana, Cuba. Then I moved to Spain to do my PhD (Physical Chemistry, Autonomous University of Madrid, 2009). I came back to Havana to occupy a position as an ‘Assistant Professor’ (University of Havana, 2009). In 2010 I moved to the University of Cambridge as a ‘Postdoctoral Fellow’. Next, I was also a ‘Postdoctoral Fellow’ at Autonomous University of Barcelona until 2014 when I moved to King’s College London as a ‘Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow’. From July 2017 I am a ‘Research Associate’ at the University of Bristol. Full CV can be found here.
My research interests involve the use of a wide range of computational methods (QM/MM, Free Energy Calculations, Molecular Dynamics, Quantum Chemistry and others) to study the reaction mechanisms and specificity of enzymes. Current projects involve oxygenase enzymes (Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases and Lipoxygenases). Other projects include various phosphate processing enzymes (topoisomerases, dUTPases, D-alanine-D-alanine ligases, RNase H). My research also includes the calculation of NMR parameters to assist experiments and to find new relationships between these and structural features of biomolecules.