QfL graphicStarting 1 October 2021, the Quantum for Life Centre will begin exploring the use of quantum algorithms for the simulation of biomolecules, which will, in turn, make it possible to study complex biochemical processes. To achieve this, the research team will simultaneously develop an experimental quantum simulator platform comprising levitating atoms over a two-dimensional dielectric membrane.

Electron interactions are crucial in biochemical processes in drug design, such as docking two molecules. Since the interaction is quantum mechanical, it is very difficult to calculate with today’s classical computers and even supercomputers. Quantum computers, in contrast, are naturally suited to tackle such problems. Quantum for Life will develop and use tailor-made quantum algorithms, providing an opportunity to open a new chapter in the computational life sciences in Denmark.

Principal Investigators

Matthias Christandl Matthias Christandl, professor, centre leader, The Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Eugene Polzig

Eugene Polzik, professor of physics, The Quantum Optics and Atomic Physics section at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.

Anders Krogh Anders Krogh, professor of Bioinformatics, the departments of Computer Science and Biology, University of Copenhagen.
Markus Reher Markus Reiher, professor, The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Laboratorium für Physikalische Chemie.

Funded by

Novo Nordisk Fonden


Centre leader, professor
Matthias Christandl 
Universitetsparken 5,
2100 København Ø,
Building 04/E, office 4.2.12 
Phone: +45 35 33 22 98
Mobile: +45 51 82 43 25