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According to a news article published by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Dr. Artëm Masunov and his graduate student Workalemahu Mikre Berhanu were among the largest users of the newly established petascale supercomputing facility at Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The team used supercomputer time to identify which small molecules and mutations led to the fastest disaggregation of amyloid fibrils and oligomers, that cause neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Type II diabetes. This knowledge could contribute to the rational design of new drugs for Alzheimer’s treatment and amyloid-specific biomarkers for diagnostic purposes.