Malak Pirtskhalava is a head of Laboratory of Bioinformatics at I.Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine, Tbilisi, Georgia. His lab has been focusing on the problems of structural biology. Namely, on the analysis of polypeptideís chemical structure, establishment of regularities of its spatial arrangement, solution of the task of prediction of protein function and fold type. Today research is going on in three directions: a) Development of databases of peptides for which existence of the antimicrobial activity has been proved; b) Working out the methods for designing antimicrobial potency possessing peptides (AMP) on the basis of data mining; c) De novo design of AMP with desired properties. He received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Department of Biophysics of Tbilisi State University in 1998. His doctoral work concentrated on study of conformational possibilities of myosin 2 heavy chains relied on the methods of computational Biology to develop the model of mechanochemical cycle of myosin. His post-doctoral work concerned on the development of protein fold recognition methods. Malak Pirtskhalava has academic background in physics, , Structural Biology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Structural Bioinformatics.
Malak Pirtskhalava Research interests are AMP database, structure/activity relationship study (QSAR), de novo design of AMP.