Alex Kunitsa

Alex Kunitsa, Ph.D.

Quantum Application Scientist

Alexander Kunitsa received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Russian Academy of Sciences (Research Center in Chernogolovka, Moscow region). Before joining Zapata Computing, he pursued a career in Computational and Quantum Chemistry working with Professor So Hirata at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Professor Ksenia Bravaya at Boston University. His research has been focused on computational studies of electronically metastable species, non-Hermitian quantum mechanics and stochastic electronic structure methods. In his current role at Zapata, Alexander works on applications of the quantum algorithms to chemical problems.


Question & Answer

Why have you chosen a career in quantum?

I can’t help admiring the interdisciplinary nature of quantum computing and its mathematical elegance. Besides, I love the intellectual challenges that it presents!

What is a problem you dream of solving (with quantum)?

I hope that quantum computing will enable the accurate solution of the electronic structure problem, which is a prerequisite for understanding complex phenomena in biophysics, such as photosynthesis, magnetoreception, or enzyme catalysis.