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Javier is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Structural Bioinformatics in Prof Dan Rigden’s group at the University of Liverpool.
His career started at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he gained his degree in Physics, and specialized in Theoretical Physics. He then started working in the group led by Prof. Conxita Solans at the Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), a Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) centre. While working there, he obtained an MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology awarded by the Universitat de Barcelona, with a work on Self-Assembly of Cationic Surfactants. It was at this stage that he definitely oriented his career towards Computational Science.
After finishing his MSc, he moved to the UK, where he pursued his PhD degree under the supervision of Dr Alessandro Patti at the University of Manchester with an EPSRC funded computational study on polymer nanocomposites. During those years, he also had the opportunity to spend three months in Prof. Josep Bonet’s group at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) with a project on Rheology of polymer nanocomposites funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. His first postdoc focused on the computational study of organic semiconductors, materials of great interest for industries producing technologies such as solar cells, flexible displays and other optoelectronic devices.
His current work in the field of Bioinformatics is allowing him to contribute with the development of computational tools for the prediction of the structural conformation of proteins, a fundamental factor that highly determines their function.