Erik Poppleton

Postdoc & Fellow at the AI Health Innovation Cluster Heidelberg


Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
Jahnstr. 29, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel.: +49 6221 486-439
E-Mail: erik.poppleton(at)

Twitter: @floppleton

About me

I am a postdoc in the Göpfrich group working on computational modelling of RNA-lipid interactions and how we can use data-driven approaches to improve rational engineering of biomimetic structures. During my PhD I was part of a team working to improve the functionality and usability of the oxDNA coarse grained model for DNA and RNA nanotechnology and I hope to bring that expertise to building the next generation of software tools which will enable multi-scale and multi-material structural biological engineering!

Short Bio

11/2022 – present  Postdoctoral Researcher, Biophysical Engineering Group, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany
09/2017 – 08/2022 Ph.D in Biological Design, Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics (Šulc and Yan labs), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
08/2013 – 05/2017 BS in Biology and Geology, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA