Lutz G. Maibaum
Theoretical Physical Chemistry
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As an undergraduate at the University of Düsseldorf, German-native Lutz Maibaum participated in an exchange program with the University of California, Davis. Having enjoyed his time in California, he pursued a scholarship to study for a year at the University of California, Berkeley, where he met his future wife. Lutz isn’t shy to admit that she had an influence on his decision to return to Berkeley for graduate studies.
Lutz is a chemist as a result of international differences in compartmentalizing science. In Germany, he was a physicist; at UC Berkeley, he joined Professor David Chandler in theoretical physical chemistry. His graduate work focused on creating computational simulations of the statistical behavior of super-cooled fluids as well as simulations of the hydrophobic effect and solvation in simple fluids. Lutz then joined UC Berkeley professors Phil Geissler and Daniel Fletcher as a postdoctoral research associate to model lipid bilayer interactions with actin in the cytoskeleton, fueling his interest in using physical chemistry to solve biological problems.
Lutz continued his postdoctoral research for two more years with Professor Vijay Pande at Stanford University. He developed methods of analyzing large amounts of data generated by Pande’s well-known protein folding simulator, Folding@home. This software can be downloaded to any computer, running behind the scenes to form a distributed supercomputer that increases the ability of Pande’s group to understand how proteins fold. (Visit folding.stanford.edu to learn more.)