Protein Engineering​ and Directed Evolution




  1. A. Shivange, U. Schwaneberg, D. Roccatano. Conformational dynamics of active site loop in Escherichia coli phytase. Biopolymers. 93(11), 994–1002, (2010).

Monooxygenase P450 BM3


  1. S. Wong, N. Wu, D. Roccatano, M. Zacharias and U. Schwaneberg. Sensitive assay for laboratory evolution of hydroxylases toward aromatic and heterocyclic compounds. J. Biomol. Screen, 10, 246-252 (2005).
  2. Nazor, S. Dannennmann, R. Obeg Adjei, Y. B. Fordjour, T. I. Ghampson, M. Blanusa, D. Roccatano, U. Schwaneberg. Laboratory evolution of P450 BM3 for mediated electron transfer yields and activity-improved & reductase-independent variant. Protein Eng. Des. Sel., 21(1), 29-35, (2008).
  3. K. L. Tee, D. Roccatano, S. Stolte, J. Arning, B. Jastorff, U. Schwaneberg. Ionic liquids as cosolvents for biotransformation catalyzed by P450 BM-3. Green Chem., 10, 117-123, (2008).

About Danilo Roccatano

I have a Doctorate in chemistry at the University of Roma “La Sapienza”. I led educational and research activities at different universities in Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and now in the UK. I am fascinated by the study of nature with theoretical models and computational. For years, my scientific research is focused on the study of molecular systems of biological interest using the technique of Molecular Dynamics simulation. I have developed a server (the link is in one of my post) for statistical analysis at the amino acid level of the effect of random mutations induced by random mutagenesis methods. I am also very active in the didactic activity in physical chemistry, computational chemistry, and molecular modeling. I have several other interests and hobbies as video/photography, robotics, computer vision, electronics, programming, microscopy, entomology, recreational mathematics and computational linguistics.
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