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25 February 2021

SBP seminar by prof. Björn Baumeier, Eindhoven University of Technology

Talk title: "Multiscale simulation of electronic processes in molecular materials: challenges for electronic structure theory in complex environments"

The 2020 activity report of the Statistical and Biological Physics group of the University of Trento has been made available.

You can download it here.

18 December 2020

An article about the VARIAMOLS project was published on the Italian daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore

Here is the link to the online article.

July 2020

An article about the VARIAMOLS project was published on the EU Research magazine

Here is the link to the online article.

June 2020

Ministry of University and Research awarded grant to VARIAMOLS PI

The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research has approved and funded the project HAMMOCK - Hybrid atomistic / coarse-grained molecular modelling with consistent kinetics.

This grant was assigned by the call FARE Ricerca in Italia: Framework per l’attrazione ed il rafforzamento delle eccellenze per la Ricerca in Italia to the PI of the VARIAMOLS project Raffaello Potestio to carry out a research line parallel to that of the ERC Starting Grant.

The focus of the HAMMOCK project lies in the development and application of variable-resolution modelling techniques to investigate the structure-dynamics-function relation in proteins, particularly in the context of coarse-grained modelling.

The project has a duration of four years, starting on June 1st, 2020; the awarded fund consists of 214k€ that will allow the group to hire a PhD student and a postdoctoral fellow in the next months. For openings announcements check the dedicated webpage.

June 2020

Interview about the VARIAMOLS group

The Italian Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE) covered the VARIAMOLS group in an interview to the project PI Raffaello Potestio in the June 2020 issue of APREmagazine. The issue can be downloaded here (page 38, in Italian only).

20-31 January 2020

Winter school on the Physics of the Cell (link here)

The aim of this school was to provide the flavour of the typical problems one faces in the computer-aided investigation of biological systems, as well as an overview of the most common and effective instruments employed to this end. Students have been exposed to lectures focusing on specific aspects of biophysics, held by researchers actively working on them in top international institutions; they received training in the usage of the software programs implementing algorithms and methods for the investigation of biological matter, from single atoms to proteins, small DNA strands, entire chromosomes, cellular membranes, to multicellular tissues.

The 2019 activity report of the Statistical and Biological Physics group of the University of Trento has been made available.

You can download it here.

15-19 July 2019

X Brazilian Meeting on Simulational Physics (link here)

Raffaello Potestio attended the meeting and delivered a talk titled "On the algorithmic identification of optimal coarse-grained representations of biomolecular structures"

July 2019

SBP seminar by prof. Davide Donadio, University of California Davis

Talk title: "Chemistry at ice surfaces: from solvation free energies to photolysis of organic pollutants"

May 2019

Lectures and talk by prof. M. Scott Shell (UCSB)

Prof. Shell from the University of California Santa Barbara has visited our group and delivered two topic lectures on modern techniques for molecular simulations and a talk on his recent work.

April 2019

New publication from the VARIAMOLS group!

Take a look at the manuscript A deep learning approach to the structural analysis of proteins published in the Royal Society Interface Focus theme issue Multi-resolution simulations of intracellular processes

April 2019

New publication from the VARIAMOLS group!

Take a look at the manuscript Envisioning data sharing for the biocomputing community published in the Royal Society Interface Focus theme issue Multi-resolution simulations of intracellular processes

February 2019

Publication from the VARIAMOLS group

Take a look at the manuscript Open-Boundary Molecular Mechanics/Coarse-Grained Framework for Simulations of Low-Resolution G-Protein-Coupled Receptor–Ligand Complexes, published in JCTC.

The 2018 activity report of the Statistical and Biological Physics group of the University of Trento has been made available.

January 2019

First publication from the VARIAMOLS group is out!

Take a look at the manuscript Optimal Coarse-Grained Site Selection in Elastic Network Models of Biomolecules, published in JCTC.

September 3-6, 2018

CECAM workshop "Computational biophysics on your desktop: is that possible?"

The workshop is co-organized by the Physics department of the University of Trento, TIFPA, SISSA and the VARIAMOLS project.

Please find more information at this link.

September 24-25, 2018

Theo Murphy international scientific meeting "Multi-resolution simulations of intracellular processes"

The event is co-organised by Radek Erban, Sarah Harris and Raffaello Potestio. It will take place at Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire (UK).

Find out more at this link.

March 14, 2018

In the framework of the Biophysics Week organised by the Biophysical Society, the Physics Dept. of the University of Trento hosted the event "Biofisica: opportunità di studio e lavoro a Trento" (Biophysics: study and work opportunities in Trento). In this context, several groups in the area of Trento, active in the broad field of biophysics, have presented themselves and showcased various opportunities for master study, PhD programmes, and jobs in academia and industry.

February 20, 2018

We participated to the IUPAC MODSIM workshop 2018 Modelling and simulation of large molecules: can we disentangle time- and length-scales? at the Politecnico of Milan, Italy.

February 7-10, 2018

Raffaello Potestio participated to the 5th workshop Physics of Biomolecules: structure, dynamics, and function in Bressanone, Italy.

October 12, 2017

In a press conference (press release in Italian here) the University of Trento has presented the results obtained in ten years of ERC program, summing up to 24 ERC grants. The VARIAMOLS project is one of the two most recent ones.

The regional RAI news of Trentino Alto Adige has reported the story (here, minute 6:22, in Italian).

Here are the articles in the regional newspapers Il Dolomiti, Il Trentino, Trentino Corriere delle Alpi and La Voce del Trentino.

October 5, 2017

Press release from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research about the VARIAMOLS project, here.

September 13, 2017

The VARIAMOLS project has its Facebook page! Curious? Click here!

September 6, 2017

The European Research Council has released the list of ERC StG projects from the 2017 call that will be funded. We're there! :) Find out more here.