People

Giulia Palermo

Giulia Palermo is a computational biophysicist with expertise in molecular simulations. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California Riverside, and a cooperating Faculty in the Department of Chemistry. Her research uses computational biophysics to clarify the mechanism of action of biological systems of key importance for genome editing and regulation.

She is a native of Italy where she earned her PhD in 2013 from the Italian Institute of Technology, working in the group of Dr. Marco De Vivo. She has been a post-doc in the group of Prof. Ursula Rothlisberger at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), where she worked on ab-initio methods. In 2016, she has been awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation (NSF) post-doctoral fellowship to join the group of Prof. J. Andrew McCammon at the University of California San Diego, where she earned experience in novel multiscale methods enabling the study of increasingly realistic biological systems.

Post-docs

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Łukasz Nierzwicki 

PhD: Chemistry, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland 2020.

Papers in the lab: (a) Casalino et al. ACS Catalysis 2020. (b) Nierzwicki et al. WIRE Comp. Mol. Sci. 2020. (c) Cui et al. Biochemistry 2020.


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Yogesh B. Narkhede

PhD: Graduate school of Life Sciences, University of Würzburgh, Germany 2017.

Papers in the lab: (a) East et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020. (b) Mitchell et al. Front. Mol. Biosci. 2020; (c) Harrison et al. ACS Med. Chem. Lett. 2020. (d) Saha,* Arantes* et al. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 2020.


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Pablo R. Arantes

PhD: Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Porto Alegre, Brazil 2018

Papers in the lab: (a) Saha,* Arantes* et al. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 2020(b) Nierzwicki et al. WIREs Comp. Mol. Sci. 2020; (c) Arantes,* Saha* et al. ACS Cent Sci. 2020.


Graduate students

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Brandon P. Mitchell 

B.S. Biology, Biomedical Sciences. University of California Irvine 2018

Papers in the lab: (a) Mitchell,* Hsu* et al. Front. Mol. Biosci. 2020; (b) East et al. Biophys. Rev. 2020.


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Rohaine V. Hsu

M.S., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2016.  M.S., Bioengineering, UC Riverside, 2017.

Papers in the lab: (a) Mitchell,* Hsu* et al. Front. Mol. Biosci. 2020; (b) East et al. Biophys. Rev. 2020; (c) Harrison et al. ACS Med. Chem. Lett. 2020.


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B.S. Tech, Biotechnology, Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India 2017. M.S. Bioengineering, University of California, Riverside, 2018.

Papers in the lab: (a) Saha,* Arantes* et al. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 2020; (b) Nierzwicki et al. WIREs Comp. Mol. Sci. 2020; (c) Arantes,* Saha* et al. ACS Cent. Sci. 2020.


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Patrick Lawton

B.S. Physics, University of Michigan, 2020.

Papers in the lab: coming soon! 


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Amun Patel 

B.S., Biochemistry, M.S. Applied Mathematics Long Island University, Brookville, 2020.

Papers in the lab: coming soon! 


Visiting scientists 

manigrassoJacopo Manigrasso

Visiting student from De Vivo lab, at the Italian Insitute of Technology, Genova (IT).

Jacopo joined our lab thanks to a grant from the Italian National Science Foundation (MIUR).

Papers in the lab: coming soon!


Undergraduate students

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Marco Antonio Medrano

3rd year Bioengineering student

Papers in the lab: Mitchell,* Hsu* et al. Front. Mol. Biosci. 2020


High school students

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Yisi He

The Scripps Women College in Claremont

Lisi received a Summer Bridge Research Program. Navy Engagement (TUNE) Grant from the Office of Naval Research.


Former Members

Reed Harrison — subsequently post-doc at the University of California, San Diego
Nehemiah T. Zwede — subsequently post-doc at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego 
Nolan Winicki — subsequently in Medical School at UCR