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 interfaces computational biophysics with structural biology, chemistry and biochemistry to clarify the mechanistic action of biological systems of key importance, emerging genome editing technologies and directed evolution strategies. 

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 an early post-doctoral scientist in the group of Prof. Ursula Rothlisberger at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), where she earned expertise in ab-initio Molecular Dynamics and its application to biological systems. 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 specialised in novel multiscale methods enabling the study of increasingly realistic biological systems.

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Dominic Biondo – graduate student

Dominic interest is in characterising structure and dynamics of protein/nucleic acid complexes. He applies a variety of computational methods, from classical and enhanced sampling methods, to QM/MM and cryo-EM refinement.  

0-2Nasim Farajpour – graduate student 

Nasim joined our lab after graduating from University of Illinois at Chicago. She  is fascinated by large macromolecular systems, which are increasingly realistic. To study the dynamics of these systems, she uses unconventional analysis methods, combining  dimensionality reduction, correlation analyses and Markov state models.


Shaurov Daz – graduate student 

Shaurov joined our group with the interest of learning quantum mechanical calculations to study drug binding. 

logo_wid1530-2Brandon Mitchell – rotation graduate student 

Brandon is currently rotating in our lab learning the application of molecular dynamics simulations to pharmaceutically relevant enzymes.    

0-3Ponmathi Jayaseelan – undergraduate student

Ponmathi is an undergraduate student in Biochemistry. She joined our lab from UC San Diego to follow her interest in theoretical and computational biophysics. She is currently  setting up and running her simulations. 

logo_wid1519Marco Medrano – undergraduate student

Marco is an undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at UCR. So far, he has independently learned the foundations of biomolecular simulations and he has completed his simulations!! He is now working  the use of Principal Component Analysis to understand the possible large scale conformational changes in his system.