(Por favor, en español )
I come from theoretical physics, but the main long-term practical goal of my research efforts is not related to the Higgs boson. I basically want to produce better techniques for predictive (bio)molecular simulation in general, with the protein folding problem in mind as a particular molecular phenomenon of great intricacy.
Through the years, my search for effective and accurate methods to do so has convinced me that the first thing is to understand better the theoretical framework: Mostly classical, quantum, and statistical mechanics, with all of them coalescing in open, hybrid, quantum-classical models of molecular systems.
At the moment, I have decided to begin by the beginning and try to understand what quantum mechanics is, what it means, and what it tells us about the world… this despite many (wise?) advices on the contrary.
I promise that, despite these sins, I still know what a compiler is, and I am all the time looking for numerical (and even experimental!) applications.
At a more amateur level, I am also interested in the research in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a disease which I myself suffer since I was a zygote. I am teaching myself biology and medicine sporadically, and I try to keep pace with the literature.
Here you can download my Curriculum Vitae.
My place in the system
I am presently a staff researcher at the Institute of Physical Chemistry Rocasolano of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). I am assigned to its associated unit with the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) at Zaragoza (Spain), where I am the coordinator of the molecular dynamics and electronic structure group. My primary physical address is located at Zaragoza Center for Advanced Modeling (ZCAM), an institute close to BIFI both in interests and space. I am also a collaborator member of the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Zaragoza, where you can also find me some days.
The rest of it
I was born in Rosario, Argentina, on 08/28/1978, at 1868 Brown street, and I officially have a 88% disability.
Although, of course, none of these data defines me.
In fact I have been living for more than twenty years in Zaragoza, Spain, and I only keep from Argentina just a bit of accent, a couple of friends and a mild liking of football. Disability travels with me all day long, indeed. But that only tells you how I move, not how I am. Regarding all the eights, I said I work as a scientist, so I don’t believe in silly things.
Although society seems to me a much more difficult topic than quantum mechanics or molecular biology (I am serious), I also invest some of my little spare time in understanding better and trying to change situations that I find unfair:
- I am a trustee of the Fundación Atrofia Muscular Espinal (FundAME) (), from which we try to raise funds for the scientific research in SMA. Apart from some other things I do for FundAME, I try to keep the research section () of the web page updated.
- I write regularly at the blog “De retrones y de hombres” (), in the Spanish newspaper eldiario.es (), where my mate Raúl Gay and I try to talk about disability with a sense of humor and no taboos.
- This year, I also co-organized a TEDxZaragoza entitled “Sabotages” and focused on the issue of responsible economics.
All contents here of which I still hold the copyright are licensed as CC BY 3.0, i.e., re-use as you wish, but be nice and acknowledge the source.
pablo☉echenique☉robba ♧ gmail☉com
C/ Mariano Esquillor s/n
Telephone and fax:
The first I don’t use, the second I don’t know what it’s for.