Prof. Walter Filgueira de Azevedo Jr.  

I graduated in Physics (BSc in Physics) at University of Sao Paulo (USP) in 1990. I completed a Master Degree in Applied Physics also at USP (1992), working under supervision of Prof. Yvonne P. Mascarenhas, the founder of crystallography in Brazil. My dissertation was about X-ray crystallography applied to organometallics compounds (De Azevedo et al., 1995). During my PhD I worked under supervision of Prof. Sung-Hou Kim (University of California, Berkeley. Department of Chemistry), on a split PhD program with a fellowship from Brazilian Research Council (CNPq)(1993-1996). My PhD was about the crystallographic structure of CDK2 (Cyclin-Depedent Kinase 2) (De Azevedo et al., 1996). In 1996, I returned to Brazil. In April 1997, I finished my PhD and moved to Sao Jose do Rio Preto (SP, Brazil) (UNESP) and worked there from 1997 to 2005. In 1997, I started the Laboratory of Biomolecular Systems- Department of Physics-UNESP - São Paulo State University. In 2005, I moved to Porto Alegre/RS (Brazil), where I am now. My current position is coordinator of the Laboratory of Computational Systems Biology at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). My research interests are focused on application of computer simulations to analyze protein-ligand interactions. I'm also interested in the development of biological inspired computing and machine learning algorithms. We apply these algorithms to molecular docking simulations, protein-ligand interactions and other scientific and technological problems. I published over 160 scientific papers about protein structures and computer simulation methods applied to the study of biological systems (H-index: 35). These publications have over 4000 citations.   

I am editor for the following journals:

-Current Drug Targets (Regional Editor)

-Current Medicinal Chemistry (Section Editor) (Drug Design and Discovery) 


-Current Bioinformatics (Member of the Editorial Board)

-Current Medicinal Chemistry (Guest Editor)


-PeerJ (Member of the Editorial Board)

-Jacobs Journal of Computer Science (Member of the Editorial Board) 

-Jacobs Journal of Biochemistry (Member of the Editorial Board)