Michel Cuendet obtained a Master of Science Degree in Physics in 1998 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), with a M.S. Thesis in Astrophysics. Then, he became research assistant at the university of Lausanne (1999) and at the university of Washington, Seatle USA (2000). He obtained a joint Postgraduate degree in Mathematical Engineering from EPFL and the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris, France, in 2000. He accomplished his Postgraduate Thesis in the IBM Zürich Research Laboratory. In 2002, he joined the van Gunsteren group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ) and worked in collaboration with U. Röthlisberger at EPFL and O. Michielin at the SIB. He obtained his PhD at the ETHZ in 2006. During that period, he looked at ways to accurately control the temperature in molecular simulations while preserving the right thermodynamic ensemble, and provided a new proof of the Jarzynski identity for the specific equations of motion used in thermostated molecular dynamics. In 2007, he joined the O. Michielin group at the SIB as a PostDoc. He is developing methods for free energy calculations and performing in silico drug design studies.
Michel Cuendet is currently organizing the Lausanne Molecular Modelling Seminars ( LBMS), which aim at bringing together various research groups working on biologically-oriented molecular modelling.