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Francesca Lugli

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Academic discipline: CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry

Curriculum vitae

In 2001 Dr. Francesca Lugli graduated in Chemistry cum laudem at the University of Bologna, where she also obtained a PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2006.

From 2006 to 2019 she carried out her academic activity as post-doc working in the computational chemistry group of the Chemistry Department “G. Ciamician” of Bologna.

Since August 2020 she works as a fixed-term researcher (junior) in the disciplinary sector CHIM/02, at the Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician ”of Bologna.

Dr. Lugli have spent several research periods abroad: in 2001 in the UK at the University of Exeter (prof. PW Fowler), in 2011 and 2012 in Germany at the Institute for Computational Physics of the University of Stuttgart ( prof. C. Holm). In 2002 he also carried out an internship in The Netherlands at the Molecular Design & Informatics department of the pharmaceutical company Organon N.V. Akzo-Nobel.

During her academic career, Dr. Lugli has mainly worked on the development and application of theoretical models for the study of complex systems (bubbles, drops, proteins, cells, etc.) using computational methods based on atomistic, coarse-grained and continuum simulations.

International schools and congresses

She presented the results of her scientific activity in many national and international congresses, with oral presentations and several posters.

Participation in research projects

She actively participated in several national (PRIN 2009, Alma-IDEA 2017) and international (FP6-NMP BIODOT, FP7-NMP i-ONE) projects.

Teaching and supervision activities

Since October 2020 she has been teaching "Computer Skills for Chemistry" (Module 2), within the course of Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials.

In 2008 she held the position of teaching in the DISTEF project - Integrated Devices for Recording the Thermal History of Drugs, for a training course on "Nanotechnologies applied to industrial packaging".

Since 2006 up to now, she has been co-supervisor of several three-year and master's degree theses.

Reviewing activities

Since 2006 she has carried out refereeing activities for various international scientific journals (Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Biological Physics, Biopolymers, Advanced Materials, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, ...).


- ISCRA-C (2021) for the access to HPC resources (31840 core hours on CINECA Marconi 100 supercomputer) with the project: “Exploring the catalytic conformational states of respiratory Complex I to unveil the effects of pathogenic mutations using coarse-grained molecular dynamics.”

- Alma Idea 2017 - Junior Grant, funded by the University of Bologna, as a member of the Research Group with the project entitled "Fluorescent biopolymers and protein aggregation: a multidisciplinary approach" (in collaboration with Dr. Damiano Genovese and Dr. Mirko Zaffagnini)

- HPC-Europa2 Transnational Access Program for access to European infrastructures for high performance computing (2012) with the project entitled "Dynamics of the self-assembly of multiple active Brownian particles".

- HPC-Europa2 Transnational Access Program for access to European infrastructures for high performance computing (2011) with the project entitled "Investigating the Propulsion Mechanism of Catalytic Microswimmers: a Dissipative Particle Dynamics Approach".


Cover of New J. Chem.: Volume 45, Issue 32, 2021

- Back Cover of Soft Matter: Volume 12 of 21 April 2016

- Cover of Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. Volume 9 of 2007

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