Francesc X. "Xavi" Ruiz Figueras, PhD
Dr. Ruiz Figueras is a highly skilled scientist who has made significant scientific contributions to the fields of enzymology and structural biology studying the structure and function of human and viral proteins, especially HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and human aldo-keto reductases, with an emphasis on catalysis and inhibition for drug discovery.
He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain in 2010, followed by a postdoctoral stay at the Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (France) in the lab of Dr. Alberto Podjarny. In March 2015, Dr. Ruiz Figueras was recruited to join as a postdoctoral associate to the Lab of Distinguished Professor Eddy Arnold at CABM Rutgers, followed by a Senior Researcher appointment in 2018 and his current position since 2019.
2011 European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) short term Fellowship
2013-2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (France),
2014 Selected attendee to the 47th Course of Erice International School of Crystallography: “Structural Basis of Pharmacology: Deeper Understanding of Drug Discovery through Crystallography”, Erice, Italy
2014 Contributed talk in the 23rd Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr 2014), Montreal, Canada
2018 Best poster presentation award in the HIV DART and Emerging Viruses meeting, Miami, FL, US
2022 New Jersey Health Foundation Research Grant