Matej Praprotnik

Matej Praprotnik is Head of the Laboratory for Molecular Modeling at the National Institute of Chemistry and professor of Physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana. He studied physics and received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Ljubljana. He carried out postdoctoral research in the Theory group at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany. He has held visiting scientist positions at the Computational Science & Engineering Laboratory (ETH Zurich), the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (University of Minnesota), the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (University of California, Santa Barbara), and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics China (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing). Matej is former Chair of the PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) Scientific Steering Committee. He served as President of the Slovenian Biophysical Society from 2015 to 2019. He also serves as a council member of CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire) and as a scientific council member of the National Institute of Chemistry. He is recipient of the ERC Advanced Grant 2019 by the European Research Council. His research is focused on computer simulation of soft and biological matter. The focus is on developing and combining innovative computational and theoretical methods augmented by machine learning techniques to study complex molecular systems.

Education

2003

Ph.D. Physics University of Ljubljana

1998

B.S. Physics University of Ljubljana

Current Position(s)

2018 -

Professor of Physics

Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

2018 -

Head of Laboratory

Laboratory for Molecular Modeling, Theory Department, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2017 -

Research Professor

Laboratory for Molecular Modeling, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Previous Positions

2019 - 2020

Head of Department (Rotational)

Theory Department, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2017 - 2018

Acting Head of Department

Department of Molecular Modeling, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2013 - 2018

Associate Professor of Physics

Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

2008 - 2013

Assistant Professor of Physics

Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

2004 - 2008

Postdoctoral Researcher

Theory Group, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

2003 - 2017

(Senior, Postdoctoral) Research Associate

Laboratory for Molecular Modeling, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2002 - 2005

Teaching Assistant

Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

1998 - 2003

Ph.D. Student

Laboratory for Molecular Modelling and NMR Spectroscopy, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Visiting Positions

2017 - 2018

Academic Guest

Computational Science & Engineering Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

(6 months)

2013

Visiting Scientist

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

(1 month)

2012

Member

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

(2 months)

2009 - 2010

Academic Guest

Computational Science & Engineering Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

(6 months)

2008

General Member

Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

(1 month)

Honors and Awards

2022

Zois Recognition for Important Achievements in Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Soft and Biological Matter

Republic of Slovenia

2020

ERC Advanced Grant 2019

European Research Council

2019

Pregl Award for Exceptional Achievements in the Field of Chemistry and Related Disciplines

National Institute of Chemistry

2004

National Institute of Chemistry Award for Outstanding Doctoral Work

National Institute of Chemistry

Personal Information

Name
prof. dr. Matej Praprotnik
Address
Theory Department
National Institute of Chemistry
Hajdrihova 19
SI-1001 Ljubljana
Slovenia
E-mail
praprot@cmm.ki.si
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