Put me inside SSC. Let's test superstring theory, Oh yoi yoi accelerate the protons, stir it twice and then just add me. - Gogol Bordello

Home Department: Beckman Institute

Office Address: Beckman Institute, Room 3143

Office Phone: (217) 244-7403

Email Address: juan [at] ks [dot] uiuc [dot] edu



  • The molecular architecture of HIV
  • Molecular mechanisms of cell-signaling processes.
  • Mechanisms of folding and signaling function by membrane receptors.
  • Conformational and phase changes in biomolecules.
  • Protein-protein interactions in biological membranes.
  • Theoretical and computational methods.
  • Medical imaging for treatment and diagnosis


Mature HIV-1 capsid structure courtesy of David Goodsell

Lectures and Presentations

  • Structure, Dynamics, and Function of the HIV Capsid at the All-atom Level. 2014 FASEB virus assembly and structure conference.
  • Unveiling the structure of the HIV-1 capsid. 2013 GPU Technology Conference.
  • Structural Analysis of Supramolecular Assemblies by Hybrid Methods. 2013 Keystone Symposia, Lake Tahoe, CA
  • CUDA Research Fast Forward. NVIDIA Booth, SuperComputing 2011, Seattle, WA
  • Towards finding a better reaction coordinate: NtrC and DIMS. Biophysical Society 55th Annual Meeting, 2011. Baltimore, MD
  • Dynamic importance sampling calculations on ECD Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor conformational changes. Biophysical Society 55th Annual Meeting, 2011. Baltimore, MD
  • Computing Transitions in Macromolecular Systems: Dynamic Importance Sampling. Biophysical Society 53th Annual Meeting, 2009. Boston, MA
  • Understanding the conformational changes in Ca-APTase using Coarse-grained and All-atom simulations with Dynamic Importance Sampling. Biophysical Society 53th Annual Meeting, 2009. Boston, MA
  • Medical imaging

  • Language Mapping in Multilingual Patients: Electrocorticography and Cortical Stimulation During Naming.
    Mackenzie C. Cervenka, Dana F. Boatman-Reich, Julianna Ward, Piotr J. Franaszczuk, and Nathan E. Crone. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 2011, 5:13
  • Choices of references used for EEG measures of effective connectivity to localize seizure foci. American Epilepsy Society, 2011. Baltimore, MD
  • Propagation of Intracranial Electroencephalographic Activity between Neocortex and Subcortical Structures as an Indicator of Seizure Onset. American Epilepsy Society, 2010. San Antonio, TX
  • Legacy

  • Quark top production and detection in ATLAS(LHC). Revista Colombiana de Física, 2006, 38, 1276-1280
  • Del socavón a la vida (From the cave to life). Baseline to the eradication and prevention of child labor in artisan minery in Colombia. 2003, ISBN: 958-701-350-6.