About the chemist
My name is Zoe Cournia and I have always been fascinated by…. the science that is around us. From a young age, I just wanted to know everything, like why are bubbles in a soda spherical? Why is the sky blue? How do we fall in love? How are drugs produced? Even more than knowing everything, I always had a drive to explain everything I learned to others… (though they were not always willing to hear it!). Sort of a science outreach thing…
So I became a chemist. I studied Chemistry at the University of Athens and then left Greece when I was 23 hoping to gain the ultimate knowledge 🙂
After studying for the PhD degree in Professor Jeremy Smith‘s lab in the University of Heidelberg, Germany, about how cholesterol behaves in membranes, I joined Professor Bill Jorgensen’s lab in Yale University as a Postdoctoral Associate to learn how to design drugs with the help of a computer. In 2009 I became a Lecturer at Yale College.
8 years after my tour set off, I returned to Athens, Greece, where, since 2009, I am a Lecturer in the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens working on computer-aided drug design and trying to unravel (small bits of) the mysteries of life.
Chemistry is all over the place and that’s probably what makes it a fascinating science. So in this blog you ‘ll find everything that relates to chemistry and everyday life! Feel free to ask any questions that come to your mind.
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy it.