Douglas Connect, Switzerland
Research & Innovation Manager
Chair / Speaker
Thomas Exner studied chemistry and graduated in 1996 from the Technische Universität Darmstadt. In the following 4 years, he did his PhD at the same University in the group of Prof. Jürgen Brickmann on "Biomolecular Docking Using a Fuzzy Logic Based Algorithm". From 2000 to 2003 he joint the group of Prof. Paul Mezey at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, as a postdoctoral fellow. In this time, he became interested in quantum chemical calculations on very large bio-molecular systems.
In 2003, he was appointed a junior professorship at the University of Konstanz. The diverse topics of his independent group cover protein-ligand docking, pharmacophore modeling, structure prediction using NMR constraints, calculation of molecular and especially NMR-related properties of proteins and DNA, molecular dynamics simulations, free-energy calculations as well as quantum chemical calculations of metal complexes.
In April 2012, he moved to the Institute of Pharmacy at the University of Tübingen and continues his research in close co-operation with the experimental and theoretical groups at the Institute. Dr. Exner is the author and co-author of more than 50 articles in peer reviewed international journals and several other scientific contributions.
In April 2015 he joined Douglas Connect, Switzerland and was promoted to Chief Scientific Officer in 2016.