Erica Teixeira Prates
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Erica Teixeira Prates is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Computational Systems Biology Group of the Biosciences Division. Dr. Prates is a chemist and holds MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Computational Biomolecular Sciences. Her current focus is the high-throughput use of state-of-the-art methods of protein modeling, virtual screening, and molecular dynamics to integrate information of protein structure-function relationships into Systems Biology studies. As the functional role of proteins is tightly related to their structures, protein “structome” and interactome are valuable layers of information to be incorporated in meta-multiomics datasets (genomics, phylogenomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, etc.) to better understand how information propagates from genes to a biological response of interest. Major topics of interest of Dr. Prates include artificial intelligence-based virtual screening, enhanced sampling techniques of molecular dynamics simulations, and proteome-wide 3D-modeling.