I am both an experimental and computational chemist. During my undergraduate studies, I have acquired experience in organic molecule synthesis and density functional theory calculations. In my PhD, I have worked in an Ultrafast Photochemistry lab studying molecular probes at biomimetic interfaces using state-of-the-art laser systems. I was responsible for the maintenance and development of a Second Harmonic Generation setup, which can specifically probe the static and dynamic properties of interfaces. I performed various quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics simulations to support the experimental findings.
My postdoctoral research projects at the Beckman Institute are focused on the behavior of mechanosensitive probes in biological membranes and on the interaction of small molecules with biological macromolecules like proteins or DNA. I also collaborate with other groups in order to provide a microscopic view of their experimental results using molecular dynamics simulations.

Home Department: Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group

Office Address:
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Room 3165
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
405 N. Mathews Ave,
Urbana, IL 61801,

Office Phone: +1 (217) 300-0380

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International Experiences

Research Interests

  • Mechanosensitive probes for the determination of order in biological membranes

  • Molecular dynamics simulations of organic complexes in solution

  • Drug-macromolecule interaction and molecular recognition

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Surface Second Harmonic Generation (SSHG) setup (© 2018 Giuseppe Licari)

Selected Publications