Dmitrii Makarov is professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and affiliated with the Center for Computational Molecular Sciences at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences at UT Austin. He earned his B.S. in physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics, from the Institute of Chemical Physics in Moscow, Russia.
He has received the International Science Foundation Award, the College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, and the ICES Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Award. His research is in the broadly defined field of theoretical and computational chemical physics. Currently, the main focus of his group is on theory and computer simulations of biomolecules (DNA and proteins). This involves development of computational algorithms that bridge the gap between computationally accessible and biologically relevant timescales, an effort that involves extensive collaborations with several other ICES groups. His group is also interested in developing simpler theoretical models allowing them to rationalize their computational results and connect to experiments. Much of their work is carried out in collaboration with experimental biophysics groups.
Specific recent research topics include protein translocation, single-molecule dynamics with application to unfolded proteins, biosensor design, and mechanical properties of proteins. His group is also involved in developing computational tools for mechanochemistry, a branch of chemistry where chemical reactivity is modulated by mechanical forces.