Ivet Bahar, PhD

Dr. Ivet Bahar is a Distinguished Professor, the John K. Vries Chair, and the Founding Chair in the Department of Computational & Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. Dr. Bahar holds several other affiliations, including Director/Principal Investigator of several grants including MMBioS-National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems; Associate Director, University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute; Faculty and Executive Committee Member, Carnegie Mellon University/Pitt PhD Program in Computational Biology; Primary Investigator, Computational Pharmacology Core, University of Pittsburgh; Director of ChemoInformatics Core, Center for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation at Pitt and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; and, Co-Investigator of a grant through Drug Discovery and Molecular Pharmacology Study Section and the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine.

Dr. Bahar received her BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul's Bogazici University in 1980 and 1983, respectively, and obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1986 from Istanbul Technical University. During the summers of 1987-1988, she completed her post-doctoral training in Polymer Science at the University of Akron, Institute of Polymer Science.

Dr. Bahar is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), as well as an elected council member of the International Society of Quantum Biology and Pharmacology. She is currently serving as an Elected Council Member of the Nomination Committee and the Publications Committee of the Biophysical Society. Dr. Bahar is also a member of the Protein Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the International Society for Computational Biology, and the Turkish-American Scientists and Scholars Association. She has been an invited speaker at many international and national meetings, including European Molecular Biology Organization, Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire, and Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology meetings and several Gordon Research Conferences. In addition, she served as the chair for the 2014 Gordon Research Conference and an Organizing Committee Member for the Biophysical Society Meeting of 2014.

Currently, Dr. Bahar’s research interests are focused on the following:

  • Biomolecular systems dynamics
  • Evolution of proteins' sequence, structure, dynamics, and function
  • Elastic network models for protein-protein interactions
  • Supramolecular machinery and allostery
  • Computer-aided drug discovery

Dr. Bahar is the author or co-author of more than 230 publications in scientific journals and she has received more than 13,000 citations to date with an H-Index of 60. View a list of Dr. Bahar’s publications here.


Ivet Bahar, PhD
Phone: (412) 648-3332
Email: bahar@pitt.edu