Computational Chemistry is a cross-disciplinary area devoted to the accurate atomistic simulation of chemical and biochemical phenomena, from small-molecule reactions and metal-catalyzed processes to protein folding, dynamics and function. It is at the core of the structure-activity relationship and uses cutting edge technology based on state-of-the art supercomputing, nearly-exact quantum mechanics and multiscale molecular mechanics and dynamics simulations, with strong validation and feedback from experiments.
The Computational Chemistry Group (CCG) at CIC bioGUNE aims to create a solid platform for the theoretical prediction of chemical reactions for bioconjugation, designing and simulation of therapeutic peptides and proteins, and understanding Glycochemistry processes. A strong emphasis is also made on the Computer-Aided Enzyme Engineering and Directed Evolution. These are the main research lines developed at our group:
1. Enzyme engineering and evolution: we use computational mutagenesis tools to predict and understand the structure-activity role of mutations in the catalytic performance of enzymes, both for biologically relevant processes and unnatural reactions with potential industrial application. We collaborate with leading biochemistry labs to guide and/or explain laboratory evolution towards stable, selective and highly active biocatalysts.
2. Bioorthogonal Chemistry: we develop new concepts and methods based on fundamental chemical processes for the site-selective modification of proteins and antibodies, with strong emphasis on improving stability, bioavailability and spatiotemporal control of therapeutic Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADCs) with potential clinical applications.
3. Drug Discovery: we use synthetic chemistry and in silico tools to generate small molecules and peptides with therapeutic potential for neurodegenerative disorders (amyloidogenesis inhibitors) and infectious diseases (antimicrobial agents).
4. Glycobiology: we provide detailed insights on the mechanisms of chemical and biochemical glycosylation processes and develop methods for the structural elucidation of complex glycocalyx components.
Life & Medical Sciences
- Biosciences & Health
- Enzyme engineering and evolution
- Bioorthogonal Chemistry
- Drug Discovery