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Developing and applying computer simulation methods to enhance the molecular understanding to engineer functionalized biomaterials

Grant number: 20/07158-2
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2021 - February 28, 2025
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Cooperation agreement: ANR
Principal Investigator:Fernando Luis Barroso da Silva
Grantee:Fernando Luis Barroso da Silva
Principal investigator abroad: ETCHEBEST
Institution abroad: Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Alexandre de Brevern ; Frédéric Guyon ; Jean-Christophe Gelly ; Julien Diharce

Abstract

The central theme here is the engineering of new biomolecular materials. An essential aspect is the understanding and control of biomolecular interactions particularly the pH dependence. This topic is highly challenging and extremely important in many bioprocesses. Based on our joined experience and the development of novel theoretical methods, we want to enhance the knowledge of the fundamental physical interactions responsible for the formation and stability of molecular complexes as the basis for the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases; developments in the pharmaceutical and food industries; design of new (bio) functionalized materials and processes of bioseparation in general. Studied systems will include proteins from flaviviruses and relatated to SARS-CoV-2, and the design of new antibodies due to their global health importance. Our proposal benefits from our expertise on computer simulations, electrostatic models and the deep knowledge of biomolecular dynamics and interactions. (AU)