Larkin University is pleased to host U.S. Fullbright-Masaryk Professor Rüdiger Ettrich, Ph.D., RNDr. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m for a research seminar entitled, Using Computational Modeling and Simulation in Understanding Gene Mutations. Dr. Rüdiger Ettrich completed his doctorate in physical chemistry focused on the structural biology of protein complexes at Charles University in 2001. After a post-doc stay at the Institute of Physical Biology of the University of South Bohemia in 2002-2003, he was appointed in 2004 group leader in the department of structure and function of proteins of the Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and in the same year head of the department. Since 2011 he is director of the Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology of the Academy of Sciences in Nove Hrady, South Bohemia, and in 2013 he was appointed a full professor in biophysics at the University of South Bohemia. Dr. Ettrich is interested in structural biology and molecular systems biology, the relationship between structure and function of proteins, dynamic changes related to functional processes on the level of proteins, and the mutual interaction of cofactors and subunits in protein complexes. The research approach uses a synthesis of theoretical and experimental methods including quantum chemical and semi-empiric calculations of optical spectra, charge localization or energy transfer, and molecular modeling methods, combined with spectroscopic, crystallographic, and analytical methods of protein structure determination. In 2006 he received the Otto Wichterle Award, an honor given by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic to selected, exceptionally outstanding young scientists for their remarkable contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge and in 2010 he was nominated by the Chemistry Department at Princeton University as a Princeton Global Scholar. In 2016 he was awarded a Senior Fulbright-Masaryk Scholarship to conduct research at Nova Southeastern University.