Ariel Fernandez May Have Created a WaterMap Precursor in 2007

Contributed by Weishi L. Meng, reproduced from Science Transparency.    Drug designers often implement molecular therapies to block malfunctioning proteins that are causing disease. They do so by creating small molecules that bind to the intended protein target when suitably delivered. The procedure has its risks as unintended targets (off-target proteins) may also be hit or […]

Physics at the Biomolecular Interface: Review on Ariel Fernandez’s Book by Weishi Meng

Book Review by Weishi Meng (Reproduced with permission) “Physics at the Biomolecular Interface” is the latest book by Ariel Fernandez (阿列尔·费尔南德斯), the physical chemist and mathematician who developed the center manifold thermodynamics, unraveling the physical basis for the onset of life, and discovered the dehydron (脱水元), an idea that laid the foundation for the new field of epistructural biology. The hardcover is […]

Structure-based drug discovery without structure: Working around the paradox to cure heart failure

Transcript on presentation by Ariel Fernandez for Drug Discovery Today (doi:10.1016/j.drudis.2015.10.006) Drug discovery has been focusing for some time on protein-protein (PP) associations, the basic molecular events in biology. The recruitment of protein complexes is required to initiate and propagate signaling cascades, regulate enzyme activity, articulate and control mechanistic processes involving molecular motors, etc. When […]


Solving the protein folding problem from physical principles is surely a daunting task and perhaps the main open challenge of the post-genomic era. It entails identifying the folding pathways that enable the protein to find its native structure and predict the latter solely from the amino acid sequence of the protein. Progress in this area has been hampered by unproductive borderline-theological discussions on the modeling […]