Dr. Rovira is an ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Barcelona. She did part of her PhD research in USA (NCSU and SIU) and obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry from the UB in 1995. Afterwards, she spent three years (1996-1998) at the Max-Planck-Institute für Festkörperforschung (Stuttgart, Germany), working with M. Parrinello. After another postdoc at UB (1999 to 2001, with JJ Novoa), she obtained a Ramón y Cajal position in 2002 and started her group at the Barcelona Science Park. She was appointed ICREA Research Professor in 2007 and moved to the Department of Chemistry of the UB in 2012. Dr. Rovira has received research awards from the Catalan Government (Distinció de la Generalitat, 2003) and the Barcelona City Council (Experimental Sciences and technology, 2016).  She is the author of about 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, mainly in the fields of Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Biology.

The research at Dr. Rovira's group is focused on the computer simulation of biological processes at atomic-electronic detail, i.e. using computers to understand how biomolecules work. Her goal is to simulate the molecular mechanisms underlying ligand-protein interactions and enzymatic reactions to help in the design of more efficient enzymes and inhibitors. In the last few years, her research has been focused on hemeproteins (peroxidases and catalases) and carbohydrate-active enzymes.

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