I started by studying chemistry for 3 years (2006-2009) at Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, FR): at this time, I was already much more interested in understanding the theory and performing first numerical simulations than performing lab experiments. This logically led me to Université de Strasbourg (FR) for a Master in Cheminformatics where I discovered Computational Chemistry: Molecular Dynamics, QSAR/QSPR, Chemical Databases… a fascinating world! I then went to the University of Basel (CH), Physical Chemistry Department, for a 6-month Master internship, working on Monte-Carlo simulations applied to Biomolecules… and stayed there for my PhD (2011-2016), where my main research topic was the development and usage of accurate rare-event sampling methods focusing biologically relevant chemical systems. After obtaining my PhD I went to Ecole des Ponts – CERMICS (FR) for a two-year postdoc (2016-2018) with mathematicians (that was an interesting challenge), where I coded & published the first publicly available implementation of the Generalized Parallel Replica algorithm (it can for instance be used for accurately estimating protein-ligand unbinding times). And finally, I worked for two years (2018-2020) at Inria Paris as a Research Engineer on the implementation and optimization of a software used for studying flowing in fractured rocks.
Always willing to learn new things, and not afraid by new challenges, I joined the Qubit Pharmaceuticals team in Nov 2020 with my 10+ years background in theoretical chemistry & informatics: I am in charge of the setup and development of the High Performance Computing (HPC) framework behind our unique simulation platform Atlas.