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Program Directors


Alex Dickson

Associate Professor BMB, CMSE

Alex Dickson is a computational biophysicist focused on the interactions of drug-like molecules with their targets in the cell. To study these interactions, his group develops new algorithms that can speed up the observations of long-timescale processes such as binding, unbinding and protein conformational changes. His group also develops new methods for generating small drug-like molecules in protein binding sites, which can eventually be used to help discover novel treatments for a broad range of human diseases. He is also currently serving as the Programming Chair for the COMP division of the American Chemical Society, as well as the organizer of their bi-annual Machine Learning in Chemistry Symposium.  Prior to arriving a Michigan State, he received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan.



Mahmoud Parvizi

Training Coordinator, Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER)

Mahmoud Parvizi is a theoretical and computational physicist. Mahmoud’s research interests include mathematical and theoretical physics and data-intensive astrophysics. Before joining ICER, Mahmoud was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University with a focus on applications of machine learning and cloud-computing workflows. Mahmoud earned his PhD in physics from Vanderbilt University with research focused on high-energy theory in the context of early universe cosmology as well as computational astrophysics.




  • Brian M. O'Shea 
  • Danny Caballero