Paul Smith

Paul Smith


I graduated from King’s College London with a Bachelor of Engineering and an MSc in Physics. My research involves the use of molecular dynamics simulations to help understand emergent biological phenomena. Over the past few years, I have studied the properties of biological hydrogels, the role of water-mediated interactions in nucleating β-turns in small peptides, and how the molecular weight of hyaluronic acid modulates its interactions with lipid membranes.

I am now looking forward to investigating the impermeability of the blood-brain barrier, which is a structure that prevents the entry into the brain of over 98% of drugs developed for the treatment of neurological disorders.


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“The effect of oxidised cholesterol on model red blood cell membranes” (2019) European Biophysics Congress

“The Interaction of Hyaluronic Acid with Lipid Membranes” (2018) CCP5 Summer School – Received a prize for the best talk.