Prof. Twefik Soulimane
Professor Soulimane currently serves as Chair for Molecular Structural Biology, Head of Department of Chemical Sciences, Head of School of Natural Sciences, and managing director of the MOSAIC research group within the University and is a Principal Investigator with the PMTC.
Prof. Tewfik Soulimane received his B.Sc. (Dip.-Ing.) in Chemical Engineering (1985), M.Sc. (Dipl.-Chem.) in Chemistry (1988) and Ph.D. (Dr. rer. Nat.) degrees (1993) from the Technical University RWTH-Aachen, Germany.
In close collaboration with the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, he received the Habilitation award from the RWTH-Aachen in 2000. In 2001, Prof. Soulimane joined the Swiss Light Source, Villigen, Switzerland, as group leader before moving to a faculty position at the University of Limerick in 2005.
Prof. Soulimane's research activities have focused upon understanding the structure/function relationship of selected eukaryotic and prokaryotic membrane proteins making major contributions to the field of Bioenergetics. The unravelling of the crystal structures of the thermophilic cytochrome c oxidases ba3 and caa3 are recognised as monumental findings in Science. Prof. Soulimane has earned research awards from the Materials and Surface Science Institute, and from the president of the University of Limerick for his scientific contributions.
His research group encapsulates a broad range of multidisciplinary collaboration and contributes expertise in the areas of biochemistry, micro- and cell biology.