Author Archives: Danilo Roccatano

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.

Awk Programming III: the One-Dimensional Cellular Automaton

Cellular automata (CA) is a vast and interesting topic of computer science and mathematics with important applications in many areas of science.

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Modular Assembly of Proteins on Nanoparticles

I have recently contributed to a proof of concept study published in the prestigious  Nature Communication (doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03931-4) [1]. The study involved collaborations with experimental groups across University of Lincoln (UoL), University of Molise (Italy) and the Royal Holloway University of … Continue reading

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The Protein Engineering of a controllable Nano-Gate: the FhuA D1– 160 channel

The confinement of primeval biochemical compounds by nano compartmentalization made possible the spatial and temporal control and the development possible the most complex chemical process: the life.

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Bioinformatics Tools for Protein Engineering​: The MAP server

Mutagenesis Assistant Program (MAP) is a free accessible statistical tool which can be used for the benchmarking of random mutagenesis methods on the protein level. The server is currently hosted at the RTWH Aachen but it can still be accessed … Continue reading

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The Arginine Deiminase​: an Anticancer Protein

Arginine deiminase (ADI, EC 3.5.3.6) is an arginine-metabolizing hydrolase that catalyzes the hydrolysis of the amino acid L-arginine to form citrulline and ammonia.

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Leaf Mines: Life in (almost) Two Dimensions

The pigmy moths of the family Nepticulidae are the smallest Lepidoptera.

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COMPUTER SIMULATIONS STUDIES OF PROTEINS IN ORGANIC SOLVENTS AND COSOLVENTS: A SIMPLE DATABASE

SIMPROS is a simple hypertextual database that provides a list of proteins that have been studied using molecular dynamics simulations in non-aqueous solvents.

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