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Michael Levitt

Dec 09, 2014

Bioinformatics firm Insilico Medicine said this week that Michael Levitt has joined its scientific advisory board. 

Levitt received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013. He is currently a professor of structural biology at Stanford University. His background lies largely in computational modelling to understand protein folding processes and molecular interactions. 

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