Chris Oostenbrink

Professor for Biomolecular Modeling and Simulation

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna

 Anniversary brochure contribution by Chris Oostenbrink


Professor Chris Oostenbrink has two master degrees in chemistry and medicinal chemistry from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He accomplished his PhD studies in computational chemistry at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, ETH, Zurich, supervised by Prof. W.F. van Gunsteren. Since 2009 he is Professor for Molecular Modeling and Simulation at BOKU Vienna.

Selected Grants and Awards: 

  • 2011 - Member of the Junge Kurie of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
  • 2011 - ERC Starting grant for the project „Efficiant and Accurate Simulation Techniques for Free Energies, Enthalpies and Entropies“
  • 2011 - Lise Meitner Grant from the Austrian Science Fund fort he project „Methodology-independent free energises of changing charges“
  • Since 2010 - Doctoral Program „Biomolecular Technology of Proteins“ financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).
  • Since 2009 - WWTF Vienna Science Chair in Biomolecular Modeling and Simulation.


Main research fields:

Computational methods to describe the structure, function and dynamics of biomolecular systems; development of accurate classical force fields; efficient calculation of binding free energies of a series of compounds to a common macromolecular target; method development and practical applications to rationalize and predict experiments; enhanced sampling techniques to address conformational changes and protein folding problems; Effect of protein flexibility on function and behaviour.