Dr. Javier Sancho is a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Universidad of Zaragoza as well as Deputy Director of the Institute of Biocomputation and Complex Systems Physics. He obtained a B.S. from University of Zaragoza in 1984 and a PhD from the same University in 1988, being a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cambrige University (UK) from 1989 to 1991. He is internationally known for his work on protein stability, folding and binding. He also investigates protein conformational diseases in order to both understand their molecular causes and to discover pharmacological chaperones that can be developed into new drug therapies. He has been a Board Member of the Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 2006 to 2010 and a Board Member of the Spanish Society for Biophysics from 2008 to 2012. He obtained the Bruker award from the Spanish Biophysical Society in 2004..
Dr. Miguel Otaduy is an associate professor in Computer Science at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos since 2008. Before that, he obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina in 2004, and worked as a senior research associate at ETH Zurich from 2005 to 2008. He is internationally known for his work on physically based simulation for computer animation, covering broad problems in solid and fluid mechanics, constrained dynamics, geometric algorithms, measurement-based model design, tactile interaction, and efficient parallel algorithms. He has published over 60 papers in international journals and conferences, and has served as program or conference chair for major conferences in his field. He is also the director of several national and European projects, notably the ERC Starting Grant ‘Animetrics.
Dr. Pablo Echenique graduated in Theoretical Physics at the University of Zaragoza (Spain), and already at his PhD period started to apply the powerful concepts and associated mathematical tools to complex systems in general and biological molecules, such as peptides and proteins, in particular. He currently works at the Institute of Physical Chemistry “Rocasolano” (CSIC), and his areas of interest comprise the analysis and development of better methods to perform computer simulations of these systems with enough predictive power. To this end, he approaches the problem from several angles, ranging from the abstract fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics or Statistical Mechanics, to the down-to-Earth coding and exploration of simulation codes and tools.
Dr. Alberto Sánchez received the PhD in Computer Science in 2008 at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid obtaining the Extraordinary PhD Award. He is an associate professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. His primary research areas are high-performance, parallel I/O, massively parallel processing and data analysis applying them to different fields like molecular dynamics, brain simulation, etc. He has published 10 journal papers in international journals such as Future Generation Computer Systems, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing and Concurrency and Computation: Practice & Experience. He is coauthor of 1 book, 3 book chapters and more than 25 articles in international conferences and workshops. He has also done long placement abroad in some prestigious international reserching centers, such as CERN, NeSC, NRC-Canada and the University of Melbourne.