Ozlem Demir is an Assistant Project Scientist in the Amaro lab. She obtained her PhD from the University of Florida Department of Chemistry, and worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Amaro lab first in UC Irvine and then in UC San Diego. Ozlem has been working on various projects at molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics levels to aid drug discovery efforts for various diseases including cancer, African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, and HIV. In these projects, she incorporated flexibility of active sites simulated by molecular dynamics into drug discovery efforts for biological targets working closely with various experimental collaborators. Outside work, Ozlem likes reading, listening to music, and hiking.
Victoria Feher is a Project Scientist and brings many years of pharmaceutical drug discovery expertise to the group. She returned to the academic setting in 2011 to pursue her passion for understanding protein dynamics, allostery, and their relationship to protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions. This work builds upon previous experimental studies early in her career at the University of Oregon (Chem. Ph.D., 1996) and post-doc work using NMR spectroscopy. Vicki looks to bridge results derived from experiments and those from experience in drug discovery for an all-atom understanding of these processes through molecular dynamic simulation. Vicki also loves to think about science while she is downhill skiing, road cycling, hiking, or sailing!
Dr. Robert V. Swift's favorite lunch food is peanut butter and banana sandwiches. He enjoys them so much that he will occasionally have them for dinner. When he is not thinking about the perfect blend of peanut butter, bread, and banana, he can be found pursuing a variety of computational chemistry interests. These include drug discovery and optimization, free energy calculations, and rationalizing biomolecular function in terms of structure, dynamics, and thermodynamics. Dr. Swift prefers to be called "Rob" and may simply stare blankly if addressed using his formal title. To elicit a response it is advised that he be addressed using his less formal moniker.