Dr. Pande is a Professor of Chemistry and, by courtesy, of Structural Biology and of Computer Science, and the Director of the Program in Biophysics
His current research centers on the development and application of novel cloud computing simulation techniques to address problems in chemical biology. In particular, he has pioneered novel distributed computing methodology to break fundamental barriers in the simulation of kinetics and thermodynamics of proteins and nucleic acids. As Founding Director of the Folding@home project (http://folding.stanford.edu), Prof. Pande has, for the first time, directly simulated protein folding dynamics with quantitative comparisons with experiment, often considered a “holy grail” of computational biology. His current research also includes novel computational methods for drug design, especially in the areas of protein misfolding and related diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease.