iCER Welcomes New Director

The Institute for Cyber Enabled Research (iCER) is excited to welcome new Director, Kenneth M. Merz, Jr.  Kennie is currently the Joseph Zichis Chair in Chemistry here at Michigan State University.  His research interest lies in the development of theoretical and computational tools and their application to biological problems including structure and ligand based drug design, mechanistic enzymology and methodological verification and validation.  As a result of his research efforts, Kennie has published over 240 papers and given over 240 lectures worldwide describing his research.  He is also the founder of the software company QuantumBio, Inc located in State College, Pennsylvania.

Kennie received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin and his B.S. from Washington College in Chesterton, Maryland.  He has received a number of honors including election as an ACS Fellow, the 2010 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and he has held visiting professorships worldwide.

iCER was established to coordinate and support multidisciplinary research for computation and computational sciences at MSU.  iCER enhances MSU’s national and international presence and competitive edge in disciplines and research that rely on advanced computing.

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