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.



Pablo R. Arantes

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


Łukasz Nierzwicki 

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

Yogesh B. Narkhede

Joint with Prof. Valentine Vullev lab.

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

Graduate students


Brandon P. Mitchell 

BS. B.S. Biology, Biomedical Sciences. University of California Irvine (UCI). 

aakashAakash Saha

B. Tech, Biotechnology, Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India.
MS, Bioengineering, University of California, Riverside, USA.

rohaineRohaine Hsu

MS, Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2016.  MS, Bioengineering, UC Riverside, 2018.

Visiting scientists 

Jacopo Manigrasso

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

Jacopo is a graduate student in Italy, who joined our lab thanks to a fellowship from the Italian National Science Foundation (MIUR).

Undergraduate students

UCR Undergraduate Research Portraits 2018

Nolan Winicki

4th year Bioengineering student


Marco Medrano

3rd year Bioengineering student

High school students


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

Nehemiah T. Zwede — now at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego