Dr. Dima Kozakov

Dr. Dima Kozakov

I'm a physicist and applied mathematician by background. My current research interests are in the area of computational biology. I focus on two main goals. First, I develop efficient and highly accurate algorithms that, in conjunction with high throughput experimental techniques, provide detailed atomic structures for studies at the systems biology level. Second, I use these methods for understanding the principles of molecular recognition and for the design of proteins, peptides, and small molecules with desired biological and biomedical properties. The specific problems I currently work on are (1) the development of efficient macromolecular docking algorithms using advanced Fourier and optimization techniques, (2) the development of computational phage display techniques for the identification of optimal peptide sequences binding to proteins, (3) the development of methods for fragment-­based drug design, (4) the characterization of protein-­protein interactions amenable to inhibition by small molecules, and (5) understanding the principles of molecular recognition and its application to protein design.