Dr. Petra Kührová is a junior researcher affiliated with the Czech Advanced Technology and Research Institute (CATRIN) at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. She obtained her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Palacky University in 2011, preceded by an MSc in Teacher Training in Mathematics and Chemistry for Secondary Schools from the same institution in 2007. From 2012 to 2021, she served as a junior researcher at the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Palacky University Olomouc, while concurrently holding the position of assistant professor at the Department of Physical Chemistry, Palacky University, from 2013 to 2021.
Her research primarily revolves around the investigation of nucleic acids and their complexes, employing a combination of classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and extended sampling techniques. Her interests extend beyond the folding dynamics of nucleic acids themselves, encompassing their interactions with the surrounding environment, such as RNA-carrying nanoparticles. Additionally, she is actively involved in the development of nucleic acid force fields.
Within the CA21101 – CONFINED MOLECULAR SYSTEMS: FROM NEW GENERATION OF MATERIALS TO THE STARS (COSY) she holds young research co-coordinator position and is also active in WG2: Molecular motion in confined systems.