Mikko Karttunen, Professor


Contact Information

Office: ChB 123
Tel: (519) 661-2111 x86335
E-mail: mkarttu@uwo.ca

Group Website 

Research Areas

Computational chemistry & biological physics

Research Interests

My research focuses on the properties of biological & soft matter using theory and the methods of computational chemistry and physics. Typical systems are at the interface between materials science, biology & biomedical sciences. I am interested in problems such as lipid diffusion, sterols, bacterial toxins, membrane proteins, antibiotics, translocation of DNA, peptides and sugars. I am also working on magnetic materials, pattern formation and non-equilibrium dynamics.

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  1. Davies, M., Reyes-Figueroa, A.D., Gurtovenko, A.A., Frankel, D., Karttunen, M. “Elucidating lipid conformations in the ripple phase: Machine learning reveals four lipid populations” (2023) Biophysical Journal, 122 (2), pp. 442-450. DOI:10.1016/j.bpj.2022.11.024
  2. Behbahani, R., Yazdani Sarvestani, H., Fatehi, E., Kiyani, E., Ashrafi, B., Karttunen, M., Rahmat, M. “Machine learning-driven process of alumina ceramics laser machining” (2023) Physica Scripta, 98 (1), art. no. 015834. DOI:10.1088/1402-4896/aca3da
  3. Mazarei, M., Åström, J., Westerholm, J., Karttunen, M. “In silico testing of the universality of epithelial tissue growth” (2022) Physical Review E, 106 (6), art. no. L062402. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevE.106.L062402
  4. Kiyani, E., Silber, S., Kooshkbaghi, M., Karttunen, M. “Machine-learning-based data-driven discovery of nonlinear phase-field dynamics” (2022) Physical Review E, 106 (6), art. no. 065303. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevE.106.065303

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SC 9502: Scientific Computing
Chemistry 9664: Molecular Dynamics Simulations


  • 2017: Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Computational Materials and Biomaterials Research
  • 2009: Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada, Discovery Accelerator Award
  • 2009: Faculty of Science Distinguished Research Professor, U. Western Ontario, London
  • 2008: The Province of Ontario Early Researcher Award
  • 2007: DEISA EU High Performance Computing Award
  • 2004: Young Center of Excellence Award, Helsinki University of Technology

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor: Journal of Biological Physics, Advances in Physics X
  • Review Editor: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
  • Associate Editor: PeerJ
  • Review panels:
    • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
    • NSERC, Research Tools and Instruments
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Reviewer for: 
    • National Science Foundation (USA)
    • European Union
    • Academy of Finland
    • United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
    • Austrian Academy of Science
    • Czech Academy of Sciences
    • Slovak Academy of Sciences
    • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
    • National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development of Chile