6th International Conference on Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
CIMAP Laboratory, France
Jean-Christophe Poully is assistant professor at the University of Caen (France) since 2010. His research is focused on the intrinsic properties of biologically-relevant molecular systems, by means of experimental techniques such as mass and ion mobility spectrometries, but also quantum-chemical calculations. It allows shedding light on processes occurring after electron capture, photoabsorption or ion collision, but also on structural properties of biomolecules. These last years, he worked on direct effects of ionizing radiation to understand the first physical and chemical steps underlying radio- and hadrontherapy. In particular, he collaborates with radiobiologists to know more about the side-effects of irradiating cartilage, through investigations on collagen mimetic peptides. One of his future projects is going towards probing conformational changes triggered by ionizing radiation, because these processes can lead to denaturation of proteins or DNA strands.