Positions and Education
David Mobley did his undergraduate work in Physics at the University of California, Davis, graduating in 2000. After that he finished a M.S. (2002) and a Ph.D. (2004) in Physics at UCD, doing graduate research in condensed matter theory and biophysics with Daniel L. Cox and Rajiv Singh. Following his Ph.D. he took a position with Ken Dill at the University of California, San Francisco, doing molecular simulations relating to protein-ligand binding and hydration thermodynamics. This work ultimately moved with him to the University of New Orleans. However, after his postdoc ended in 2008, he did a brief stint as Chief Science Officer of a startup company (Simprota Corporation) doing contract work designing peptide diagnostics. He then left to join UNO in Fall 2008. Then, in 2012, after almost 4 years at UNO, he moved to his current position in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. In January 2013 he also received a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry at UCI. He was promoted to Associate Professor at UCI, and received tenure, in July 2014, then was promoted to Professor in 2018. He served on the advisory board for Schrodinger software from 2013-2016. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design and the Journal of Molecular Recognition, on the scientific advisory board for OpenEye Scientific Software, as a founding and managing editor for the Living Journal of Computational Molecular Science, and as an Open Science Fellow for Silicon Therapeutics. He also maintains a personal blog where he writes about his Christian faith and other issues.
Honors and Awards
At UCI, Dr. Mobley received an NSF CAREER award. Previously, at UNO, Dr. Mobley received the Hewlett Packard Oustanding Junior Faculty Award from the American Chemical Society. Previous awards and fellowships included a Graduate Fellowship at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, a NSF NEAT-IGERT Fellowship at UC Davis, the UC Davis Physics Department Award, the Saxon-Patten Prize from UC Davis, the Departmental Citation in Physics from UC Davis, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Teaching Internship.
You may obtain a complete CV here, which has more detail in these categories than you will find on this page. .
See the Research page. See also the CV above for a list of presentations.
- Chem 3310, Physical Chemistry
- UNIV 1001, University Success
- Chem 1007, General Chemistry Laboratory (helped develop curriculum)
- Chem 1023, General Chemistry Laboratory
- Chem 6316: Special Topics in Physical Chemistry — Computational Chemistry (developed course)
- Chem 2310: Computing Techniques in Chemistry and Drug Discovery (developed course)
- PharmSci 3: Professional Development and Careers in the Pharmaceutical Sciences
- PharmSci/Chem 177: Medicinal Chemistry
- PharmSci 171: Physical Biochemistry
- PharmSci/Chem 223: Biomacromolecules
- PharmSci 175/275: Drug Discovery Computing Techniques
In additional to his journal work, Dr. Mobley organized the second Workshop on Free Energy Methods in Drug Design, and recently co-organized the third, fourth and fifth such workshops. He also co-organized a Telluride workshop on biomolecular interactions, and an NSF workshop on supramolecular chemistry. Until his move to UCI, he served as chair of Graduate Recruiting and Selections in Chemistry at the University of New Orleans. At UCI he is the Vice Chair for Graduate Affairs and coordinates graduate recruiting and selections. He also jokes that he is the “associate dean for signatures” as he may technically have some sort of “acting associate dean” title. He regularly reviews papers for more than 20 different journals and has served as an external reviewer for grants to several different funding agencies. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Computer Aided Molecular Design and the Journal of Molecular Recognition.
See Funding for details.