Dr. Daan Geerke

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+31 20 59 87606
faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( moleculaire en computationele toxicologie )
Assistant professor

Dr. Daan Geerke graduated cum laude in Chemistry and Pharmacochemistry at VU University Amsterdam in 2003, with specializations in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Medicinal Chemistry & Toxicology. Subsequently, he performed his PhD research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich under supervision of Professor Van Gunsteren. He obtained his PhD degree in 2007 on the development of classical force fields and combined quantum/molecular mechanical methods for use in biomolecular simulation. Afterwards, he was appointed a one-year postdoctoral position in the same group.

In 2008, Dr. Geerke moved to California for a combined postdoctoral position at the IBM Almaden Research Center and Stanford University. He was appointed assistant professor of Computational Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology at VU University in October 2009.

Daan Geerke was awarded the Dr. Saal van Swanenberg Junior Prize by N.V. Organon in 2004. In 2008, the Swiss Science Foundation SNF awarded him a postdoctoral grant for his stay in California, and in 2009 he has been awarded a Veni-grant from NWO-CW. His research focuses on developing improved models (force fields) to study biomolecular systems in silico to rationalize and predict interactions of drug candidates with target and off-target proteins.