Short Curriculum Vitae of Gerald Reinhard Kneller


  • 1978-84 : Studies in physics, RWTH Aachen (Diplom-Physiker). Traineeship in the group of Prof. Charpak at CERN, Geneva. Diploma thesis on the kinetic boundary layer of Brownian particles in the vicinity of an absorbing sphere. Advisor : U. Titulaer (Prof. Dr. em., U. Linz, Austria).

  • 1984-1988 : Thesis in physical chemistry, RWTH Aachen (Dr. rer. nat.). Calculation of neutron scattering spectra of methylene chloride using molecular dynamics simulation. Thesis advisor : A. Geiger (Prof. Dr. em., U. Dortmund, Germany)

  • 1989 : Post-doc at the Department of Scientific and Engineering Computations at IBM, Kingston, USA

  • 1990 - 1993 : Research Engineer at IBM, France

  • 1993 - 1996 : Researcher at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Germany. Habilitation in Physics (Privatdozent). Work on constrained dynamical systems. Mentor: B.U. Felderhof (Prof. Dr. em., RWTH Aachen)
  • 1996 and 1997 : Visiting scientist at the Laue Langevin Institute of Grenoble, France, the University of Paris VI, France, and the Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Research Centre of Jülich, Germany

  • Since 1998 : Professor in physics at the University of Orléans and at the Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, CNRS Orléans. Group leader "Theoretical Biophysics, Molecular Simulation, and Scientific Computation". Work on the structure and dynamics of biomolecules and biological membranes by combining simulation, theory, and experimental results. Recent research activities cover in particular
    • Slow, anomalous relaxation dynamics in proteins, including the impact of hydrostatic pressure.
    • Theory of anomalous diffusion and application to lipid bilayers.
    • Protein secondary structure analysis.
    • Theory of constrained dynamical systems, including population dynamics.
    • Methodology for molecular simulation and analysis.
    • Software development, in particular the code nMoldyn.
  • 2003 : Promoted Professeur 1ere classe by the Conseil National des Universités (Section 28)

  • Since 2006 associated with the Synchrotron SOLEIL, St. Aubin, France
  • 2012 : Promoted Professeur classe exceptionnelle by the Conseil National des Universités (Section 28)
  • Since Dec. 2015, Elected member of the Conseil National des Universités.



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