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Charles Reilly, Ph.D.

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Charles Reilly is a visual artist and molecular biophysicist who develops computational strategies for investigating biophysical phenomena in silico.

His work takes a “design for discovery” approach to understanding hierarchical systems and multiscale mechanics. Using film industry VFX tools, he uses animation and simulation to merge data from many disciplines to create more accurate depictions and predictions of the natural world across multiple scales. This style of research intertwines artistic and scientific views and models and explores the role an aesthetic agenda can play in advancing scientific understanding. Charles is currently applying his work to rational drug design and understanding the molecular mechanisms of disease.

His recent exhibition, Life in Picoseconds at Le Laborotoire in Cambridge, MA, explored the role that rhythm has at the molecular scale and how the relationships and interactions between atoms contribute to the choreography of life at fundamental time scales. His short film The Beginning demonstrated how the pursuit of an artistic agenda and an entertainment focus can lead to multiscale modelling innovation and increased insight into molecular biodynamics at the nanoscale.

Charles completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne in 2012, where he also studied at the Melbourne Business School. Prior to that, Charles worked in film post-production at Park Road Post, a boutique post-production facility owned by director Peter Jackson. Charles also spent time as a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research following his Ph.D. In 2017 Charles was named a Young Pioneer in Physics by the World Frontiers Forum.

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