2018 July: CECAM workshop on modelling metal ions!

Workshop Frontiers and challenges of computing metals for biochemical, medical and technological applications in Paris! Our CECAM workshop at Paris Tech discussed the most recent computational advances for computing metal ions! 

2018 June: we are on the cover!

Journal of Chemical Information and ModelingMany thanks to the Journal of Chemical Information and Modelling (#JCIM_ACS) for Investing in the Future!

It is a honour and a pleasure having been selected for the Early Career Board of the #JCIM_ACS. I am proud to be part of a team of brilliant young scientists for pushing the frontiers of computer simulations!



2018 February: The Biophysical Society features our research!

I am honored to be part to the prestigious symposium “Future of Biophysics” of the Biophysical Society, presenting our research on the mechanistic understanding of genome editing technologies. This has been an amazing experience with top scientists across the globe. 

2017 November: Best use of HPC in Life Sciences!Untitled

I am happy to receive the 2017 HPC wire prize for Best use of High Performance Computing (HPC) in Life Science! This prize recognise the effort we have done over the years to bridge high-level theoretical chemistry with real-world biological sciences.

2017 August: Allosteric effects in CRISPR-Cas9!Schermata 2017-11-08 alle 16.12.27

By using molecular dynamics and network models derived from graph theory, we published in JACS the discovery of an allosteric mechanism in CRISPR-Cas9 that enables for DNA processing upon recognition! We are on the cover with the beautiful artwork of Dr. Clarisse G. Ricci! 

2017 June: An other piece in the puzzle of CRISPR-Cas9

Our paper in PNAS highlighted in the San Diego Supercomputer Center news! Our supercluster ‘Comet’ helps break the “millisecond barrier” for complex biological simulations. Read how Gaussian accelerated Molecular Dynamics (GaMD) simulations helped in understanding the conformational activation of CRISPR-Cas9.

2017 March: Anticancer drug gets a boost with antirheumatic 


Molecular dynamics and X-ray crystallography have discovered that combining an anticancer drug with an antirheumatic produces improved effects against tumors. Our paper in Nature Communications paves the way for novel strategies in anticancer drug discovery. Read our story on Science Daily and in French on 20min!

2017 February: First place prize at the Art & Science image contest!img_3649.png

We thank all members of the Biophysical Society for having awarded us the first place prize at the 2017 Biophysical Society national meeting in New Orleans! I am equally sharing this prize with my friends and colleagues Amelia Palermo (ETH-Zürich, handmade painting) and Lorenzo Casalino (SISSA-Trieste, digital manipulation). 

2016 September: Supercomputers reveal acrobatics of CRISPR-Cas9

First simulations of CRISPR-Cas9 published in ACS Cent Sci. We predict the key role of the non-target DNA in the activation process with insights for structure-based engineering toward improved genome editing! Check it out in the news!     

2016 June: Cover of the AMBER 16 manual!amber16_cover.png

AMBER is a simulation code and – more broadly – a school for rigorous molecular simulations. I feel excited for being on the cover of the AMBER 2016 reference manual with my painting of the “Steitz & Steitz” mechanism. This painting describes the role of metal ions in the enzymatic processing of DNA & RNA, which is a paradigm in biology, discovered in 1993 by Seitz & Seitz! We have published mechanistic investigations via theoretical methods in Acc Chem Res and in JCTC

2016 June: The RNA that snips and stitches RNAJournal of the American Chemical Society

By using quantum/classical molecular simulations and the Car-Parrinello approach, our paper in JACS describes the mechanism of RNA cleavage, in self-splicing ribozymes! This paper poses the basis for understanding splicing in humans. Read our press release on Science Newsline Biology and Science Daily. 

2015 December: Metal Drugs to Fight Cancer

Metal drugs are a challenge for molecular simulations. By using quantum-classical simulations, we revealed how novel metal drugs compounds interfere with chromatin compaction and post-translational modifications, being promising against cancer.
    Read our story on Science Daily.