Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Rob Rizzo works in Computational Structural Biology. His research group seeks to understand
the atomic basis for molecular recognition for specific biological systems involved
in human disease such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and influenza with the ultimate goal of
developing new and improved drugs. Computational methods are used to model how molecules
interact at the atomic level with a given drug target. The resultant 3D structural
and energetic information is used to quantify and rationalize drug-binding for known
systems and to make new predictions.