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Dr. Pratul Agarwal

R&D Staff Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
1 Bethel Valley Road

Brief Biography:

Pratul K. Agarwal is a Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and also holds an Joint Faculty Position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests are a combination of topics in molecular biophysics and high performance computing. In particular, he is interested in interrelation between protein structure, folding, dynamics and function. He is also actively involved in designing new computational algorithms and software performance optimization on emerging hardware architectures (including GPUs and heterogeneous computing), and open source software development. He received a Bachelors/Masters from Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) and PhD in theoretical chemistry and biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University. He has published papers in PLoS Biology, PNAS, JACS, Biochemistry and IEEE Computers.


Academic positions:

* R&D Staff Scientist, Computer Science and Mathematics Division,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
* Joint Faculty Member, Dept. of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Research interests:

The research interests in my group are a combination of topics in biochemistry, molecular biophysics and high performance computing. We develop and use theoretical methods along with computational simulations to investigate biomolecules. We are particularly interested in biomolecules that have implications for clean energy, environment and human health. We closely work with experimental collaborators for development and validation of our computational models.


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