Biophysical/Computational Chemistry

Biophysical Chemistry at Georgia State University includes research involving both chemical and biological systems and their structures. At GSU, our faculty are involved specifically in research that covers biomolecular transport with an emphasis on diffusion, viscosity, and electrophoresis; in the determination of structure, dynamics, and function of biological macromolecules; the application and development of theoretical and computational methods in biological functions; simulations of key biological processes of relevance to DNA replication and repair; and the structure and interaction properties of nucleic acids.

Faculty at Georgia State use a variety of techniques based in physical chemistry to understand and probe biological systems. Included among these techniques are spectroscopic methods such as NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) and X-Ray Diffraction.

A solid cyberinfrastructure for research computing thrives at Georgia State University and includes high performance computing, grid computing, data storage and visualization. With a growing body of academic and scientific researchers, including faculty and Ph.D. students, from many disciplines as well as from other universities, Georgia State continues to build a diverse and powerful supercomputing grid. The Chemistry Department has a robust history of leveraging computational methods to conduct research.

Biophysical/Computational Chemistry Faculty


Dr. Stuart Allison Professor, Biophysical Chemistry
B.A.(1973): University of Montana
M.S.(1976) : University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D. (1980) : University of Washington
NIH Fellow (1981-1982) : University of Oregon


Dr. Markus Germann Safety Director and Professor, Biophysical Chemistry
GCC Distinguished Scholar
M.S. (1983) : Technikum Winterthur Ingenieurschule
Ph.D. (1989) : University of Calgary
Postdoctoral Scientist (1989-1990) : University of Calgary











Dr. Samer Gozem Assistant Professor, Biophysical Chemistry
B.Sc. (2008) Summa Cum Laude: American University of Beirut.
Ph.D. (2013): Bowling Green State University.
Postdoc (2014—2017): University of Southern California.


Dr. Donald Hamelberg Graduate Director, Associate Chair, and Associate Professor,
Computational/Biophysical Chemistry
B.Sc. (1993): Fourah Bay College
M.S. (1997): Georgia State University
Ph.D. (2001): Georgia State University
Postdoctoral Fellow (2001-2003): University of Illinois, Chicago
Postdoctoral Fellow (2003-2005): Hughes Medical Institute and UC San Diego


Dr. Ivaylo Ivanov Associate Professor, Computational Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry
B.S. (1996): Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria
M.S. (1999) : Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Ph.D. (2004) : University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemistry- (2005-2009) : UC San Diego and Scripps Institute


Dr. Hamed Laroui Assistant Professor, Biophysical Chemistry
B.S. (2000): Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry, University “Henri Poincare,” Nancy, France
M.S. (2003): Physical Chemistry, University “Henri Poincare,” Nancy, France
Ph.D. (2007): Cellular and Tissue Bioengineering, University “Henri Poincare,” Nancy, France
Postdoctoral Scholar, Biology/Chemistry (2008-2011): Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Jerry Smith

Dr. Jerry Smith Associate Professor, Biophysical Chemistry
B.S. (1965): University of Mississippi
Ph.D. (1971) : University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Postdoc (1972) : Arizona State University
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (1974) : University of Pennsylvania


Dr. W. David Wilson Regents’ Professor / Graduate Biophyscial Advisor
B.S. 1966, University of North Carolina, Chemistry
Ph.D. 1970, Purdue University, Biophysical Chemistry