Flaviu Cipcigan works at the interface between physics and life sciences. His research focuses on discovering antimicrobial peptides by combining large scale computer simulation and machine learning.
Flaviu has collaborated with IBM since the beginning of his PhD, which he studied at the University of Edinburgh and the UK's National Physical Laboratory. There, he worked on developing a novel framework for modelling electronic responses using embedded quantum harmonic oscillators and applied this framework to create a molecular model for water. He has communicated his research by publishing in academic journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Physical Review Letters, by presenting at international conferences and by engaging with Members of the UK Parliament.
Alongside next generation model development, Flaviu has experience in modelling piezoelectric ceramics, with applications in designing novel piezoelectric transistors, and in the theoretical foundations of measurement based quantum computation.
Flaviu also has a keen interest in art and in communicating science. He won multiple awards for best presentation and worked with artists from the Edinburgh College of Art to explore the connection between art and science. His projects were featured at the Edinburgh International Science Festival and in the Canvas art journal. He is also an experienced dancer, with background in Argentine tango and bachata.