About Carme

Carme Rovira is ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Barcelona (UB). She obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry from the UB in 1995 (with honors and UB award), in the group of Prof. J. J. Novoa. Part of her PhD research was carried out in USA (NCSU and SIU), working with Profs. M.-H. Whangbo and S. Scheiner, respectively, for one year. She spent almost three years at the Max-Planck-Institute für Festkörperforschung (Stuttgart, Germany, 1996-1998; funded by Generalitat de Catalunya and EU-Marie-Curie afterwards), working with Prof. Michele Parrinello. She returned to the UB at the end of 1998 with a postdoc position ("Contrato de Incorporación de Doctores y Tecnólogos"; 1999-2001) and later moved to the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) as a Ramón y Cajal fellow (2002-2006) to start her independent research group. She was apointed ICREA Research Professor in 2007 (at PCB) and moved to the UB in 2012. She was visiting Professor at the University of York (UK) in 2019.

Rovira has received research awards from the Catalan Government (Distinció de la Generalitat 2003), the Barcelona City Council (Barcelona City Prize 2016) and the European Carbohydrate Organisation (Emil Fischer Award 2019). She received an ERC SyG grant in 2020, together with colleagues Prof. G. J. Davies (U. York) and Prof. H. S. Overkleeft (U. Leiden). Rovira is the author of about 170 publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters, mainly in the fields of theoretical chemical physics and computational biology.

The research at Rovira's lab is focused on the modeling of biological processes at atomic-electronic detail by computer simulation, addressing fundamental questions on the function of proteins and enzymes. This knowledge can contribute to the design of novel proteins that are able to work under different conditions, as well as new inhibitors for enzymes involved in disease. In the last few years, her research has focused on elucidating catalytic mechanisms in carbohydrate-active enzymes (glycosidases, glycosyltransferases and lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases).

Abridged CV

ResearcherID K-5195-2014

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Main managerial activities:

  • Chair of the Life Sciences Panel of the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU). European Union. Jan 2022- current.

  • Editorial advisory board member of ACS Catalysis (2016 - 2019) and ACS Omega (2021- current ).

  • Vice-president of the Computational Chemistry Group of the Spanish Royal Chemical Society (GEQC-RSEQ). Jun 2018 - current.

  • Secretary of the Academic Commission. UB Organic Chemistry Doctorate Program. Jan 2022 – current.

  • Jury member of the Barcelona City Prize for Experimental Sciences and Technology. 2018-2020.

  • Member of the access committee of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). Sept 2016 - Oct 2018.

  • Member of the direction board of the Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry of the UB (IQTCUB). 2014 - 2018.

  • Chair of the User's Committee of the Red Nacional de Supercomputación (CURES). Jan 2014 - Sept 2016.