Katarzyna Maksimiak

Office: Roberts Building, UCL
Email:  k.maksimiak@ucl.ac.uk

Education

  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Gdansk, Poland
  • MSc in Chemistry, University of Gdansk, Poland

Research
 
Kasia graduated and received the PhD degree in Chemistry from the Chemistry Department of the University  of Gdansk, Poland.  She is a researcher with strong computational skills in modeling,  programming, scripting, with analytical skills in planning and designing  projects by using statistics and data analysis software. She has an  extensive postgraduate experience, having worked in the laboratories of  Prof. Jooyoung Lee (Korea Institute for Advanced Studies, South Korea),  Prof. Michael Feig (Michigan State University, USA), and Dr Willie  Taylor (MRC National Institute for Medical Research, UK). She is fully  conversant with all major computational tools and techniques required to  conduct research mainly in the area of protein structure prediction,  refinement and dynamics, protein design and protein-DNA interaction.


Kasia joined the CNIE to conduct computational  modelling research in conjunction with experimental projects:  Mesoporous silica SBA-15 demonstrated opportunities to stabilise  enzymes because of spatial and electrostatic confinement effects,  similar to those in observed in GroEL/ES chaperonin complexes. In this  work, we investigate the mechanism of enzyme adsorption on the  realistic, curved silica mesopore surface by using molecular dynamics  simulations (MD) with explicit solvent.

Katarzyna Maksimiak