de Pablo Group: Michael McGovern

Postdoctoral Researcher

de Pablo Group


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  • Address

    Searle Laboratory 105

    5735 South Ellis Avenue

    Chicago, IL 60637

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    mcgovern1 at


Using molecular simulations, McGovern studies protein aggregation and protein-membrane interaction. Understanding these processes may help with developing treatments for many human diseases such as diabetes, Huntington’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Another focus of his research has been to improve existing computational techniques for free energy calculations. In conjunction with these areas or research he also studies the structure of glasses, using new simulation techniques to learn about the behavior of glasses aged far beyond time scales accessible to experiments.


Michael McGovern received a BS in chemical engineering from Cooper Union in 2007. He joined the de Pablo group in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a visiting student at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering.

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