Prof. Jeremy C. Smith has led research groups in France, Germany and the United States. After education at Leeds and London Universities he spent 4 postdoctoral years at Harvard working with future Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus. In 1989 he set up a Biomolecular Simulation group at the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique in Saclay, near Paris. In 1998 he established Germany’s first chair in computational biology, at the University of Heidelberg, then in 2006 became the first University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair and also Founding Director of the ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics, which currently houses six research groups. In 2008 he was named Honorary Professor of the University of Heidelberg. His move to Tennessee arose from the presence at ORNL of world-class supercomputing capabilities and the Spallation Neutron Source. Among Smith’s interests are the high-performance computer simulation of biological macromolecules, neutron scattering, bioenergy, drug discovery, environmental biogeochemistry and protein physics. Over 120 people have worked in his research groups, and about half of these so far have moved on to university faculty or national laboratory staff scientist positions. As of 2018 Smith had published over 420 peer-reviewed articles.
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