Computer simulations of biological molecules


 

My main area of research is solid state physics and statistical mechanics, with an emphasis on computer simulations. I have worked especially on thermodynamic phase transitions combining computer simulations with a renormalization-group analysis. I have also been involved in the development of new algorithms for more efficient simulations, to enable the study of problems that would otherwise involve prohibitively long computer runs.

In recent years, I have become involved in simulations of biological molecules. Such simulations require very large computer resources, which limit the problems that can be treated. Our group has developed new methods that have greatly improved the efficiency of some calculations and we are currently extending the range of applications.


Education

PhD 1971, University of Pennsylvania

Postdoctoral Training

1971-1973, University of Cologne, Germany 
1974-1976, Institute für Festkörperforschung, Kernforschungsanlage Jülich, Germany 
1976-1979, Physics Department, Brookhaven National Lab 
1979-1984, IBM Research Laboratory Zurich, Switzerland  


Carnegie Mellon University
Physics Department
Wean Hall 6410
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: (412) 268 5211
Fax: (412) 681-0648

E-mail: swendsen@cmu.edu 

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