Tim Carpenter

Portrait of  Tim Carpenter

  • Title
    Deputy Group Leader, Biochemical and Biophysical Systems
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    (925) 422-2900
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Dr. Carpenter is the Deputy Group Leader of the Biochemical and Biophysical Systems Group within the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at LLNL. He is interested in the modeling and biomolecular simulation of cellular membranes and membrane proteins, with recent focus on critical neuroreceptors, such as the GABAA receptor and glutamate receptors. Additionally, he has been working on small molecule permeability studies, to investigate the energetic barriers associated with crossing a lipid bilayer, with a view to developing screening methods to accurately predict blood-brain barrier permeability in drug design.

Dr. Carpenter was a postdoctoral researcher at LLNL from 2009–2012. In 2012, he was converted to a Staff Scientist, and in 2017 was appointed Deputy Group Leader in the Biochemical and Biophysical Systems group.

His 2017 paper, Computational Lipidomics of the Neuronal Plasma Membrane, was chosen as one of the 8 ‘articles of the year’ for the Biophysical Journal.

Dr. Carpenter received his combined Undergraduate/Masters degree in Biochemistry (MBiochem) from the University of Oxford in 2005, and his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 2008. His thesis was titled "Simulation Studies of the Influenza A M2 Channel Protein."

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