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Professor Irene Yarovsky

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Health Innovations Research Institute
School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Irene Yarovsky is a Professor of Theoretical Physics and Program Leader for Biophysics and Bioengineering of the Health Innovations Research Institute of RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She completed her PhD in Monash University in 1994 on the topic of theoretical computer simulations of protein interactions with functionalised surfaces, under supervision of Prof. Milton Hearn. She then joined BHP Research Laboratory in Melbourne where during the next 6 years she applied computational modelling to design advanced industrial materials and processes. At present, she is particularly interested instudying the response of biological systems to environmental triggers, including electromagnetic fields. Of particular relevance to ACEBR is Irene’s expertise in development and application of innovative computer simulation strategies to study the external stress response of biomolecules in different environments at the atomic level. In her projects supported by the ARC Linkage scheme she employed atomistic simulations to study the effects of non-ionising radiation on protein structure and dynamics, including their ability to form fibrillar aggregates. This work has shed light on the response of insulin to static and oscillating electric fields and laid a foundation for further research on biomolecular interactions with electromagnetic radiation proposed in ACEBR.

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Health Innovations Research Institute
RMIT University GPO Box 2476
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
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Last reviewed: 17 September, 2018