PhD: Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2017
Thesis: “Cracking the Spectrins' Riddle.”
Fernando received his bachelor's degree from ITBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and his MS from Northwestern University in 2005. He has experience working in industry as well as in academic research in Argentina. He then returned to the US and earned his doctorate degree in 2017 from Rice University, under the supervision of Prof. Cecilia Clementi. His research consisted in applying computational (coarse grained) models in order to simulate the folding behavior and kinetics of proteins. He has now joined Prof. Walter Chapman's group as a postdoctoral research associate. Drawing from his expertise with statistical thermodynamics as well as with simulation techniques, Fernando is now working on extending the stabilized density gradient theory (SDGT) algorithm, which has been an ongoing development in the lab. The goal is to be able to more accurately predict the physical characteristics of the complex fluid mixtures present in oil reservoirs, as well as the effect of added surfactants.