Amaro, Rommie
Computational Chemistry and Biophysics

Contact Information
Professor and Shuler Scholar, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director, National Biomedical Computation Resource
Chemical Biology & Drug Design, Senior Editor
XSEDE User Advisory Committee member
Co-Director, Drug Design Data Resource

Office: Urey Hall 3234
Phone: 858-534-9629
Email: ramaro@ucsd.edu
Web: amarolab.ucsd.edu nbcr.ucsd.edu drugdesigndata.org biochemcore.ucsd.edu
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Education
2005 Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1999 B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Appointments
2016-present Professor & Shuler Scholar, Dept. of Chem/Biochem, UC San Diego
2015-present Director, Visible Molecular Cell Consortium, La Jolla, CA
2014-present Co-Director, Drug Discovery Data Resource, UC San Diego
2014-2016 Associate Professor, UC San Diego
2011-2014 Assistant Professor, UC San Diego
2009-2011 Assistant Professor, Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Computer Science, and Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
2000-2001 Associate Research Engineer, Kraft Foods, Inc.
Awards and Academic Honors
2018
UC San Diego Faculty Research Lecturer
2017
University of Minnesota, Dept. of Medicinal Chemistry Distinguished Lecturer (October 2017)
2017
SC'17 Plenary Speaker
2017
DeWitt Stetten Jr. Lecturer, NIH (October 2017)
2017
David E. Shaw Research Distinguished Lecturer (December 2017)
2016
Gordon Research Conference Computational Chemistry Keynote Lecture (July 2016)
2016
Corwin Hansch Award for Computer-Aided Drug Design (September 2016)
2016
American Chemical Society Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry
2015
Work featured on cover of Biophysical Journal (June 2015)
2015
Work featured on cover of ACS Biochemistry (March 2015)
2015
San Diego 78th District Woman of the Year
2015
Invited Speaker, Burroughs Wellcome “Future of Biophysics” Symposium, 59th Annual International Biophysical Society Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland
2014
Work featured on cover of Current Opinion in Structural Biology (April 2014)
2014
NVIDIA Women Who CUDA Awardee
2014
NVIDIA Compute-the-Cure Awardee
2014
Athena Pinnacle Award Nominee
2013
ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
2013
ACS ChemLuminary Award for “Innovation and Outstanding Service to Members of a Division” for the Teach- Discover-Treat initiative
2012
Hellman Fellow
2012
Chu Lectureship, Idaho State University
2010-2015
NIH Director's New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health
2010
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
2010
NIH New Innovator Awardee
2009
UCI Nominee for the Searle Scholar Award program (September 2009)
2008
Work featured on the cover of Chemical Biology & Drug Design (March 2008)
2008
UCSD Nominee for the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface (2008)
2007
Keystone Symposia Scholarship Recipient (January 2007)
2007
Elected Alternate Councilor, American Chemical Society COMP Division (August 2007)
2007
Computer-Aided Drug Design Gordon Research Conference Fellowship Recipient (July 2007)
2007
Awarded “Best Demo” at PRAGMA-13 (August 2007)
2006–2009
NIH NRSA Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health
2006
NIH Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow
2005
Work featured on cover of Biophysical Journal (July 2005)
2005
Work featured as cover story of NCSA Access Magazine
2005
Selected as a Student Facilitator at the Council for Chemical Research Annual Meeting
2002
NCSA Performance Capability Champion Award
2001-2004
UIUC Department of Chemistry Graduate Fellowship, Graduate College MAPP Fellow
2000
DNA Spark Award, Kraft Foods for “diligence, dedication, and enthusiasm”
2000
Above and Beyond Call of Duty Award, Kraft Foods
1999
UIUC All-Campus Teaching Award, Outstanding Teacher of Freshman (General Chemistry)
1995–1999
Ameritech Minority Engineering Scholarship, MChEP Air Products Scholar, Chancellor’s Scholar, President’s Scholar, Unofficial List of Excellent Teache
Research Interests
The Amaro lab is broadly concerned with the development and application of state-of-the-art computational and theoretical techniques to investigate the structure, function, and dynamics of complex biological systems. At the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, and pharmacology, our research integrates both applied and basic science components, with goals to bridge the interface between basic and clinical research. Fundamental enzymological and drug discovery studies are tightly coupled to a wide range of biochemical and biophysical experiments that allow us to engage in dynamic and exciting collaborations with various experimental labs.
Primary Research Area
Physical/Analytical Chemistry
Interdisciplinary interests
Computational and Theoretical
Biophysics

Outreach Activities
http://biochemcore.ucsd.edu

Selected Publications