Research Assistant Professor
- Ph.D. Computational Chemistry/Molecular Modeling, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy, 2012
- M.S. Drug Discovery, UCL - The School of Pharmacy, London, U.K., 2008
- B.S. Pharmacology, The Oxford College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, India, 2006
- G-protein coupled receptor modeling
- Protein-Protein Interactions
- Protein-Ligand Interaction
- Molecular Dynamics Simulations
- Free Energy Calculations
- Molecular Docking
- Homology Modeling
- Structure-Based Drug Design
I earned my bachelor degree in Pharmacy at the Oxford College of Pharmacy in Bangalore, India. I went on to pursue MSc degree in drug discovery at the UCL-The School of Pharmacy, University of London in U.K. I then won a three year full scholarship from the University of Genova (Italy), which allowed me to gain Ph.D. degree in Computational Chemistry/Molecular Modeling at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy. I worked as a research fellow for a year at the same institute. In the fall of 2015, I joined the Center for Modeling Complex Interactions at the University of Idaho as a postdoctoral fellow and worked for three years. In 2019, I was promoted and joined the Department of Biological Sciences as a research assistant professor.
Dr. Patel uses molecular dynamics and enhanced sampling techniques for studying "rare events" such as protein-ligand interactions, protein-protein interactions, folding/unfolding, and ion transfer via protein channels. He has experience in protein structure prediction using homology modeling, sequence analysis, modeling drug-target interactions using docking, virtual screening of libraries of small molecules against its target to identify 'hits' and prediction of their physio-chemical properties. He also performs free energy calculations to test the effects of mutations on molecular structure and is developing new approaches for calculating free energy with speed & accuracy and molecular dynamics simulations of systems involving protein, DNA and RNA molecular models.