Prizes & awards: 2017: Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Computational Materials and Biomaterials Research 2009: Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada, Discovery Accelerator Award. 2009: Faculty of Science Distinguished Research Professor, U. Western Ontario, London. 2008: The Province of Ontario Early Researcher Award. 2007: DEISA EU High Performance Computing Award. 2004: Young Center of Excellence Award, Helsinki University of Technology.Funding in the past 10 years (>5M Euros). Sources include: •Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)•Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)•National Institutes of Health (USA)•Province of Ontario•Academy of Finland•Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)•Pharmaceutical industry (names confidential).Editorial board memberships:•Associate Editor: Journal of Biological Physics, Advances in Physics X•Review Editor: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences•Associate Editor: PeerJSupervision of graduate students & postdoctoral fellows:Independent research group since 9/2000. Supervised 12 PhD and 6 MSc theses, and 14 postdoctoral researchers. They have continued to professorships, postdoctoral fellowships in Oxford, UCSB, Berkley, Max Planck Institute, FU Berlin, etc., and top tier companies including IBM, Zeiss, Tesla Motors, and so on. They have been awarded, e.g., Marie Curie, Humboldt, Academy of Finland, Sir Frederick Banting, Alexander Graham Bell and Volkswagen Fellowships, and the John Polanyi Prize. Commission of trust includes:•Review panels:oDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)oNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)oNSERC, Research Tools and InstrumentsoCanadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)•Reviewer for oNational Science Foundation (USA)oEuropean UnionoAcademy of Finland oUnited States-Israel Binational Science Foundation oAustrian Academy of ScienceoCzech Academy of SciencesoSlovak Academy of SciencesoThe Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)oNational Fund for Scientific and Technological Development of Chile
Education:1999: PhD: Theoretical Materials Physics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.Supervisor: Prof. Martin Grant1993: MSc Engineering Physics, Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Minors: Mathematics, Medical Engineering. Supervisor: Prof. Kimmo KaskiCurrent positions:2017- Full Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Department of Chemistry & Department of Applied Mathematics,Western University, London, Ontario, Canada2015- Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Canada2012- Affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada2008- Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Materials Science & Eng., McMaster University,Hamilton, Canada2006-Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Physics, Tampere Univ. of Technology, FinlandPrevious positions:2015-2017 Full Professor, Chair of Mathematics of Complex Systems, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science & Inst. for Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands2011-2016:Full Professor, Chemistry & Waterloo Inst. for Nanotechnology, Univ. of Waterloo, CAN2008-2011:Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics, Univ. of Western Ontario,London, CAN2008-2011:Director of the Graduate Program in Scientific Computing, Univ. of Western Ontario, London, CAN2006-2008:Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics, Univ. of Western Ontario,London, CAN2003-2005:Academy of Finland Fellow (similar to the Royal Society Fellowship in theUK) in “Multiscale modelling in biological systems and materials physics”.2000-2003:Senior Researcher and Group Leader, Laboratory of ComputationalEngineering (Natl’ Centre of Excellence), Helsinki Univ. of Technology.1999-2000: Post-doctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, MainzVisiting positions:2014: Visiting Professor: Dept. of Physics, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland2008: Visiting Professor: National Key Laboratory for Surface Science, Fudan University, Shanghai2007: Visiting Professor: Dept. of Physics, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland2005: Japan Soc. for the Promotion of Science Fellowship: Univ. of Hokkaido, Sapporo2004: Visiting Professor: Dept. of Physics, University of Santiago, Chile.Organization of scientific meetings:Organizer, co-organizer or chair of 17 international meetings in Finland, USA, Ireland, Canada, France, Germany and Denmark.
Professor, PhD, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Computational Materials and Biomaterials ScienceGeneral themes:Theoretical and computational soft matter and biological physics / chemistry. Nanomaterials.Selected topics:Intrinisically disordered proteins, cell division, DNA based nanosensors, hydrophobity, magnetic materials, Ag/Au nanoparticles, drug delivery and transport, biomembranes & nanoparticles, statistical mechanics, force fields for molecular simulations. Methods include: Multiscale simulations (ab initio, atomistic & particle-based coarse-grained models), phase field methods, hydrodynamic (lattice Boltzmann) simulations, analytical theory, GPU acceleration