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Laura Riccardi

Visiting Scientist
Molecular Modeling and Drug Discovery
Research center

Projects: Molecular dynamics simulations, free-energy calculations, and molecular docking to investigate pharmaceutically relevant enzymes and functionalized gold nanoparticles for chemosensing.

Laura joined the group in September 2013, from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet of Freiburg - Germany. She is a computational scientist who is mainly focused on molecular dynamics (MD)-based studies of gold-nanoparticles for chemosensing and catalysis. 
She is also working on pharmaceutically relevant enzymes involved in lipid signaling. Her research is then bridged to drug design via the identification of promising hit compounds targeting those enzymes.

All Publications
Franco-Ulloa S., Cesari A., Riccardi L., De Biasi F., Rosa-Gastaldo D., Mancin F., De Vivo M., Rastrelli F.
Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Detection Sensitivity in Nanoparticle-Assisted NMR Chemosensing
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 14, (no. 30), pp. 6912-6918
Franco-Ulloa S., Riccardi L., Rimembrana F., Grottin E., Pini M., De Vivo M.
NanoModeler CG: A Tool for Modeling and Engineering Functional Nanoparticles at a Coarse-Grained Resolution
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, vol. 19, (no. 5), pp. 1582-1591
Franco-Ulloa S., Guarnieri D., Riccardi L., Pompa P.P., De Vivo M.
Association Mechanism of Peptide-Coated Metal Nanoparticles with Model Membranes: A Coarse-Grained Study
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, vol. 17, (no. 7), pp. 4512-4523
Riccardi L., Decherchi S., Rocchia W., Zanoni G., Cavalli A., Mancin F., De Vivo M.
Molecular Recognition by Gold Nanoparticle-Based Receptors as Defined through Surface Morphology and Pockets Fingerprint
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 12, (no. 23), pp. 5616-5622
Pecina A., Rosa-Gastaldo D., Riccardi L., Franco-Ulloa S., Milan E., Scrimin P., Mancin F., De Vivo M.
On the Metal-Aided Catalytic Mechanism for Phosphodiester Bond Cleavage Performed by Nanozymes
ACS Catalysis, vol. 11, (no. 14), pp. 8736-8748