Michael Eastwood is involved in research on molecular simulations, and also plays a leadership role in coordinating the efforts of the lab's other chemists. He received a B.A. in chemistry and a D.Phil. in physical and theoretical chemistry from the University of Oxford, where he helped develop microscopic theories for strongly correlated electron systems. Prior to joining DESRES, Mike was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Peter Wolynes at the University of California, San Diego. There he worked on both protein folding and the glass transition, but mostly on methods to optimize energy functions for protein structure prediction.