Alexey Silakov joins PSU Faculty

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Alexey Silakov joins PSU Faculty

The Chemistry Department is happy to welcome Alexey Silakov as an assistant professor of Chemistry. Before joining the faculty at Penn State he arrived here as a postdoctoral fellow. Prior to his time at Penn State Silakov was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry (currently known as MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion).In 2007 Alexey earned his Ph.D. at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf (Germany) with the thesis work performed at the Max-Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry. In 2003 he completed his M.S. at the Kazan State University (Russia). Silakov has been awarded the 2011 John Weil Young Investigation Award by the International EPR society.

Alexey Silakov is an assistant professor of Chemistry. His research interests lie in the interplay between bioinorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and structural biology. By establishing novel spectroscopic methodologies, he aims to provide the most complete electronic and structural information concerning the catalytically active (metal) centers and delineate the intricate mechanisms of biological systems that are of interest to medical and renewable energy fields. Establishing the relation between the structure and the function is one of the key problems in enzymology. Resolution of this fundamental issue allows not only to understand the inner working of a specific system but also to provide a basis to predict functionality in other, yet to be explored, proteins. Another goal of his research is to develop high-sensitivity and versatile electron-paramagnetic resonance techniques that would provide structural information about biological systems such as proteins, DNA and RNA in vitro and/or in vivo which could also be used to study the interaction between such biological entities. Before joining the faculty at Penn State he arrived here as a postdoctoral fellow. Prior to his time at Penn State Silakov was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry (currently known as MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion). In 2007 he earned his Ph.D. at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf (Germany) with the thesis work performed at the Max-Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry. In 2003 he completed his M.S. at the Kazan State University (Russia). Silakov has been awarded the 2011 John Weil Young Investigation Award by the International EPR society.