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The Computational Biophysics Group led by prof. A. Danani, focuses on the computational modeling and simulations of biological systems. Biological complexes, structured ensembles of proteins and nucleic acids dysfunctions result in severe diseases and in order to understand these diseases and develop treatments, the functional mechanisms of these biological complexes need to be elucidated. A crucial step in this process is the characterization of the structures and dynamics of these complexes and their interactions with synthetic molecules. We aim to solve new scientific problems by developing new methodologies and ideas for bridging the atomistic scale (femtoseconds, nanometers) with the biological molecular scale (micro- to milli-seconds). The main research lines are:

  • In-silico protein-ligand binding, kinetics and thermodynamics
  • Protein-protein binding and application to amyloidogenesis, with focus on Alzheimer and PolyQ diseases
  • Cell membrane penetration mechanisms of peptides
  • Optimization and design of macromolecules for drug and DNA/RNA delivery
  • Computer-aided rational drug design and repositioning
  • Machine learning applied to pharmaceutical problems

The lab is organizing the second Annual Meeting of the COST action CA18103 Innogly (Innovation with glycans), which will be held from 4th to 6th May 2002 at the new Campus Est USI SUPSI in via la Santa 1 in Lugano. More information can be found in the website of the conference:



Cover in J. Phys.Chem B and ACS Omega

Forum in AI and drug discovey


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