Syma Khalid

Syma Khalid

University of Southampton

Presentation title: “Focussing the Computational Microscope on the Cell Envelope of Gram Negative Bacteria”

Syma graduated with a first class degree in Chemistry from the University of Warwick in 2000. She remained at Warwick to read for a PhD under the supervision of Professor P Mark Rodger. After obtaining her PhD in 2003, she moved to the University of Oxford as a postdoc in Professor Mark Sansom's lab, to study the structure-function relationship of bacterial membrane proteins. In 2007, she was appointed as RCUK fellow in Chemistry at the University of Southampton, in 2010 was appointed to full lectureship, following this In 2016 she was promoted to full professor. She has ~15 years of experience in the development and application of molecular dynamics simulations to the study of biological molecules. Her research interests are focussed on the dynamics of the bacterial cell envelope. Her formal training as a chemist combined with her interest in the biological relevance of the systems she studies, enables her to adopt a truly multi-disciplinary approach; she collaborates with experimental colleagues extensively.

Syma has authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers and 5 book chapters and is on the editorial board of Scientific Reports. She serves on the management committees of the British Biophysical Society and CCPBioSim. She is chair of HECBioSim.