Have the COVID-19 vaccines adopted the right antigen? Interview with Dr. Ariel Fernandez

Our guest today is Dr. Ariel Fernandez, the former Karl F. Hasselmann Chair in Bioengineering at Rice University, now director of the Daruma Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Pharmaceutical Research. Ariel Fernandez authored nearly 500 peer-reviewed professional papers, four books and several biotech patents. He recently turned his attention to COVID-19 for obvious reasons, and […]

The Birth of Epistructural Biology – Ariel Fernandez, Annalen der Physik, September Cover, 2018.

Linus Pauling, the most gifted physical chemist that ever lived, once said that the realization of the relevance of the hydrogen bond, a relatively weak molecular force, gave birth to Structural Biology. He also said that there was more to it, a sort of meta-analysis of structural biology that was still missing. This he conveyed to Oktay […]

Cancer Cure Within Reach: Our Gratitude to Ariel Fernandez and Especially to Bert Vogelstein

  The immune checkpoint blocker pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) has proven most successful to treat solid tumors harboring a DNA mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency.  This striking result recently reported by Luis Diaz Jr., Bert Vogelstein and their collaborators was anticipated a couple of years before by Dr. Vogelstein, a towering figure in oncological research. Ariel Fernandez […]

Book Review on “A Mathematical Approach to Protein Biophysics” by Ridgway Scott and Ariel Fernandez: An Introduction to AF’s Solution to the Protein Folding Problem

A new book by Ridgway Scott and Ariel Fernandez is coming out. Its title “A Mathematical Approach to Protein Biophysics” (Springer, 2017) feels unusual at first. Why do we need a mathematical approach to understand proteins? Perhaps we need to be reminded that the major problems in molecular biophysics, such as the protein folding problem, […]

Ariel Fernandez’s Alternative “WaterMaps” of 2007 Look Much Like Precursors to WaterMap

Ariel Fernandez   Drug designers often implement molecular therapies to block malfunctioning proteins that are causing disease. They do so by creating small molecules that bind to the intended protein target when suitably delivered. The procedure has its risks as unintended targets (off-target proteins) may also be hit or impaired, especially when they are structurally similar (homologous) […]

Book Review: “Physics at the Biomolecular Interface” by Ariel Fernandez

“Physics at the Biomolecular Interface” is the latest book by Ariel Fernandez (阿列尔·费尔南德斯), the physical chemist and mathematician who developed the center manifold thermodynamics, unraveling the physical basis for the onset of life, and discovered the dehydron (脱水元), an idea that laid the foundation for the new field of epistructural biology. The hardcover is expected by June 8, 2016. The bibliographic information […]