On January 15th, The Polytechnic University of Bucharest has awarded the academic title of Doctor Honoris Causa to Prof. Siewert Jan Marrink from the University of Groningen. The celebration took place in the Rectorate of the UPB-Senate Hall and enjoyed the presence of His Excellency Mr. Roelof Sander van Ees - Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania.
Prof. Siewert Jan Marrink (Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute) is the founding parent of the MARTINI coarse-grained molecular modeling tool, which has revolutionized the fields of computational chemistry, biomolecular modeling and molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecular processes, such as: membrane fusion, membrane protein oligomerization and membrane domain formation.
An honorary doctorate (Latin: doctoratus honoris causa) is a doctorate that is awarded to a person who has made an exceptional contribution to academia without necessarily having written a PhD thesis.
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