Dr. Flaviu Cipcigan is a researcher at IBM Research UK and one of Forbes' 30 under 30 innovators and game changers. He works at the interface between data, physics and biology. His research focuses on tools to discover and characterize new medicine and to combat global health challenges such as antibiotic resistance.
Flaviu's PhD has been recognised by the Institute of Physics as a "leading contribution in advancing theoretical condensed matter physics". In a collaboration between IBM Research, the University of Edinburgh, and the UK's National Physical Laboratory he developed a new strategy for modelling matter at the level of atoms and molecules and applied it to create a molecular model for water with unprecedented predictive power. He published his research in academic journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Physical Review Letters, presented at international conferences, and engaged with Members of the UK Parliament.
Flaviu also has experience in modelling piezoelectric ceramics, with applications in designing novel piezoelectric transistors, and in the theoretical foundations of measurement based quantum computation.
He also is an experienced science communicator. He won multiple awards for best presentation and organised Hermes 2014, a summer school on cutting-edge science and science communication. This experience lead to his appointment as a science communication judge at Hermes 2018.
Flaviu has collaborated with the creative and artistic sector to create projects at the boundary between science and art. Highlights include a book chapter on embodied knowledge, a sculpture featured at the Edinburgh International Science Festival and an artwork feature in the Canvas art journal.
He is also an experienced dancer, with background in Argentine tango and bachata.