Sinisa Bjelic, Ph.D.

Dr. Bjelic holds currently a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Linnaeus University, in Kalmar. He is head of laboratory interested in computational simulation of biological molecules. Previously, Sinisa worked at University of Washington in David Baker’s laboratory as senior fellow. In Prof. Baker’s laboratory Sinisa carried out research with focus on protein engineering i.e., he employed combined computational and experimental methods to model proteins and to functionalize them for biotech/medical applications. During his postdoctoral time Sinisa changed his field of research from theoretical chemistry to protein engineering. He obtained Ph.D. with Johan Åqvist at Uppsala University where he studied enzyme catalysis and protein inhibition using a variety of methods based in molecular simulation.


Panagiota Georgoulia, Ph.D.

Panagiota obtained her graduate degree on Molecular Biology and Genetics, in Alexandroupolis, Greece, studying for the final year thesis with Dr. Glykos on MD simulations of a small helical protein, getting her first impression of Unix and programming. After spending 1.5 year on cloning, overexpressing and purifying proteins and fascinated by the combination of computer power with the wet lab she naturally decided to start her PhD thesis on computational and structural studies of small peptides with desired molecular properties under Dr Glykos. Afterwards, she moved to Ioannina for 3 lovely years as a postdoc under Dr Politou focusing on the comparative study of structure, function and molecular interactions of an IDP protein in the presence and absence of PTMs. My current research interests comprise the development of small-molecule inhibitors, using state-of-the-art computational, biophysical and biochemical methods.


Stella Hernandez Maganhi, Ph.D.

Stella is a chemist  graduated in Sao Carlos Federal University, Sao Carlos, Brazil. Since her bachelor programme her main interest was the resolution of X-ray structures of small molecules. During her Master degree and PhD, at the same institution, her main work was related to crystallographic and supramolecular studies of organotellurium compounds and molecular docking calculations on these compounds in cysteine proteases:  Cathepsins B, K, L, and, S; under the supervision of Prof Julio Zukerman Schpector and Prof Ignez Caracelli. In her Post Doc,  she started a collaboration with Prof Ran Friedman of Linnaeus University, Kalmar to study MD calculations of protein kinases. Her current research aims to understand the reaction mechanism of kinases, primarily Abl1, with the aid of MD and EVB simulations.


Dick Sjöström, Ph.D. student

Dick has a Master of Science in Chemical Biology, which he attained at Linköping University. In his Master’s thesis at Linköping University Hospital, in Dr. Ghafouri’s group, he studied the proteome of women suffering from chronic trapezius muscle pain. The master program specialization Protein Science and Technology opened his eyes to protein engineering, which he now have good use of in his doctoral project, where he is studying protein-protein interactions to a receptor, using computational methods in combination with experimental methods.


Saik Ann Ooi, Master’s project student
Ann graduated with Bachelor in Science (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) from International Medical University, Malaysia. She studied the stability of  commercially available tablets using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for her degree’s dissertation. Now she pursues to further her knowledge by having Master in Chemistry and focuses on learning computational and experimental techniques in Structural Biochemistry where she will work on membrane proteins.



Vasileios Apostolou, Master’s thesis student

Lina Jansson, student

Emma Malmberg, Bachelor’s student

Embla Holmgren, degree project student

Antonio Fernandez, degree project student