François Dehez  
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Research Associate

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Biographical sketch

I received my B.Sc. in physical chemistry from Clermont-Ferrand University, France. In 1998, I joined the the Theoretical Chemistry group in Nancy. My Ph.D. project, sponsored by a Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA) fellowship, has been dedicated to the study of the isotopic exchange reaction of lithium ions by crown-ethers in organic solvents using hybrid Quantum Mechanics / Molecular Mechanics methods. During this period I also contributed to the development of intermolecular potentials including an explicit description of the electronic polarization. After I obtained in 2002 my PhD. with honors, cum laude, I joined the chemistry department of the University of Bologna (Italy). As a European postdoctoral fellow I worked on artificial molecular switches and motors using molecular dynamics simulations. In October 2003, I was appointed research associate by the CNRS at the chemistry department of Nancy University. My research interests now focus on the interaction of peripheral proteins with phospholipid bilayers, transport processes across the biological membrane, and the development of new approaches for improving the description of intermolecular interactions in molecular simulations of biological systems.  


Scientific production

23 publications in international peer reviewed journals


Recent publications

  1. Krammer, E−.M.; Ravaud, S.; Dehez, F.; Frelet−Barrand, A.; Pebay−Peyroula, E.; Chipot, C.; High−chloride concentrations abolish the binding of adenine nucleotides in the mitochondrial ADP/ATP carrier family. Biophys. J. 2009, 97, L25−L27.
  2. Archambault, F.; Chipot, C.; Soteras, I.; Luque, F. J.; Schulten, K.; Dehez, F.; Polarizable Intermolecular Potentials for Water and Benzene Interacting with Halide and Metal Ions. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2009, 5, 3022–3031.
  3. Delemotte, L.; Dehez, F.; Treptow, W.; Tarek, M.; Modeling membranes under a transmembrane potential, J. Phys. Chem. B 2008, 112, 5547-5550.
  4. Dehez, F.; Archambault, F.; Soteras Gutiérrez, I.; Luque, F. J., Chipot, C.; An ab initio strategy for handling induction phenomena in metal ion complexes, Mol. Phys. 2008, 106, 1685-1696.
  5. Dehez, F.; Pebay-Peyroula, E.; Chipot, C.; Binding of ADP in the mitochondrial ADP/ATP carrier is driven by an electrostatic funnel , J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 12725-12733.

Recent publications

Structural and functional characterization of DdrC, a novel DNA damage-induced nucleoid associated protein involved in DNA compaction
Anne-Sophie Banneville; Claire Bouthier de la Tour; Salvatore De Bonis; Cecilia Hognon; Jacques-Philippe Colletier; Jean-Marie Teulon; Aline Le Roy; Jean-Luc Pellequer; Antonio Monari; Francois Dehez; Fabrice Confalonieri; Pascale Servant; Joanna Timmins;
Nucleic Acids Research (2022) 50 (13): 7680-7696
Biochemical and Structural Characterization of Chi-Class Glutathione Transferases: A Snapshot on the Glutathione Transferase Encoded by sll0067 Gene in the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. Strain PCC 6803
Eva Mocchetti; Laura Morette; Guillermo Mulliert; Sandrine Mathiot; Benoit Guillot; Francois Dehez; Franck Chauvat; Corinne Cassier-Chauvat; Celine Brochier-Armanet; Claude Didierjean; Arnaud Hecker;
Biomolecules (2022) 12 (10): 1466
Galvani Offset Potential and Constant-pH Simulations of Membrane Proteins
Olivier Bignucolo; Christophe Chipot; Stephan Kellenberger; Benoit Roux;
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2022) 23 (36): 6868-6877