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José Faraldo-Gómez studied Physics at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, graduating in 1999. He went on to pursue postgraduate studies in the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics at the University of Oxford, with fellowships from La Caixa Foundation, the British Council, and the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council. He obtained his doctoral degree in 2002, based on his research work in the laboratory of Prof. Mark Sansom. He then moved to United States, and acquired postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Prof. Benoit Roux, first at the Medical College of Cornell University in New York City, and subsequently at the University of Chicago. His pre- and post-doctoral work was focused on membrane proteins and, in later years, also on signalling enzymes, studied through computer simulations and other theoretical methods.

In late 2007 Dr. Faraldo-Gómez established the Theoretical Molecular Biophysics Laboratory at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt, Germany, where he remained until mid 2013. During this time he was also appointed Adjunct Investigator of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Cluster of Excellence Macromolecular Complexes, and Associate Investigaor of the DFG Collaborative Center Transport & Communication across Biological Membranes.

In 2013 Dr. Faraldo-Gómez relocated his laboratory to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Bethesda, Maryland, joining the Biochemistry & Biophysics Center of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as a Tenure-Track Investigator. He became a tenured Senior Investigator in 2016.

Dr. Faraldo-Gómez has an extensive record of academic service and advocacy. As a trainee, he co-founded the first Postdoctoral Association at Weill-Cornell Medical College and was the first postdoctoral representative in its General Faculty Council. He served as Editor of Biophysical Journal from 2011 to 2017, and as Associate Editor of the Journal of General Physiology from 2016 to 2019. In 2019 he became a Senior Editor at eLife, after 3 years serving as a Reviewing Editor.

Dr. Faraldo-Gómez has chaired or co-chaired several international scientific events, including the 2018 Annual Symposium of the Society of General Physiologists, in Woods Hole, MA. He was elected to serve as the 2018 Chair of the Membrane Biophysics Subgroup of the Biophysical Society, becoming the first computational biophysicist to do so, and in that capacity he was a member of selection committee for the prestigious Kenneth S. Cole Award for 2017, 2018 and 2019. At NIH, he has served in the Earl Stadtman Investigator Search Committee for Computational Biology, both as a member (2014-2015) and chair (2018-2019). He is currently a member of the Promotion & Tenure Committee at NHLBI.


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