About the group

The Loverde laboratory utilizes all-atomistic and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations to investigate properties of soft and biological materials. For example, we are interested in polymeric and phospholipid membranes, peptide self-assemblies, etc. We are also interested in characterizing the stability of macromolecular assemblies composed by proteins and/or nucleic acids such as microtubules or the nucleosome core particle.

An example figure: Snapshots taken from an 18-us-long simulation of a drug-peptide amphiphile interacting with a model cellular membrane. Simulations run on Anton 2 by Phu Tang. Drug-peptide amphiphiles assemble above the membrane surface.

Why do a PhD rotation with the Loverde laboratory?

Rotation students will be exposed to either coarse-grained or all-atomistic molecular dynamics utilizing either LAMMPS or NAMD.Rotation students will learn how to set-up, run, and analyze molecular dynamics simulations.Rotation students will learn how to utilize the local cluster, Doppio, and also the CUNY High Performance Computing Center.

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