Professor Fernanda Duarte is Associate Professor in Computational Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College.
She completed her undergraduate and PhD studies at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) in 2012. This was followed by a postdoctoral position at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Uppsala University, where she pursued training in biomolecular modelling. Supported by a Newton Fellowship, she moved to the University of Oxford in 2015 working in the area of computational organic chemistry. Following a brief stint as a Chancellor’s Fellow at the School of Chemistry in Edinburgh she returned to Oxford in October 2018 as Associate Professor of Computational Organic Chemistry.
During her career, Professor Duarte has received several awards, including the L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science award (2009), Pre-doctoral Fulbright scholarship (2010), Marie Curie Career Grant (2015), the Newton Fellowship (2015), and MGMS Frank Blaney Award from the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society (2020).
At Oxford, she leads a multidisciplinary research team working at the interface of organic chemistry, catalysis, and computational chemistry, establishing collaborations within academia and industry. Her team’s research interests centre on the prediction of chemical reactivity in the condensed phase, combining classical, quantum and machine-learning methods. Aside from research and teaching, Professor Duarte has taken an active role promoting diversity in STEM, more recently acting as the academic champion of the Women in Chemistry Society at Oxford and contributing to the LatinXChem initiative.