In 2020, Davide joined The University of Auckland as a Senior Lecturer. After graduating in pharmaceutical biotechnology in Italy, he obtained a PhD in Chemistry at The University of Auckland, split between Auckland and Cambridge as a European Molecular Biology (EMBO) fellow.

Davide returned to Europe to join The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies in Germany, where he focused on studying protein conformational dynamics using computational methods. As a computational scientist not afraid of the lab, he then joined the groups of Professors Benjamin Schuler and Philipp Selenko at Zürich University and the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel. While there, he interfaced molecular simulations with single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) spectroscopy and in-cell NMR: keeping a foot in both the experimental and computational worlds.

Today, Davide leads a theoretical biophysics group that employs computer simulations directly coupled with experiments, to investigate molecular dynamics of structured and disordered proteins, to ultimately understand and design molecular function.

Most notably in the field of food, his group has developed a series of computational workflows that, based on directed evolution of protein sequences together with structure-based approaches, target the design of new proteins with enhanced properties: from a higher thermal stability to an increased enzymatic efficiency.

Fellowships

The University of Zurich & The Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (Berlin)

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