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Giulio Alberini

PhD Student Fellow

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Neuroscience and Smart Materials


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


Center for Synaptic Neuroscience (NSYN) Largo Rosanna Benzi 10, Padiglione IST Nord, Torre D, 16132, Genova
+39 010 5558521
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Sept. 2016 - now. PhD Candidate in Neurosciences, Università di Genova and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova. PhD project in Computational Biophysics under the supervision of Dr. Luca Maragliano and Prof. Fabio Benfenati.

The PhD topic is focused on the study of transport properties of conventional (transcellular) and paracellular membrane proteins using both standard and biased Molecular Dynamics simulations. 


Sept. 2015 - July 2016. MSc Project in Physics (Supervisor Prof. Alessandro Arcovito), Istituto di Biochimica e Biochimica Clinica, Policlinico Agostino Gemelli, Rome (Italy). Training in Molecular Dynamics (with Dr. Stefano Della Longa) and in Bioinformatics (with Prof. Anna Tramontano).


Oct. 2014 - July 2016. MSc Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Physics (110/110 cum Laude), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia (Italy). Training in Matter Physics and Computational Biophysics. Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Arcovito. 


Oct. 2012 - July 2014. MSc Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Mathematics (110/110 cum Laude), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia (Italy). Training in Mathematical Analysis and Mathematical Physics. Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Marco Degiovanni. 


Rare events sampling in membrane proteins.

Selected Publications


1) Alberini G., Benfenati F. and Maragliano L. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Ion Selectivity in a Claudin-15 Paracellular Channel. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2018. Journal

2) Alberini G., Benfenati F. and Maragliano L. A Refined Model of Claudin-15 Tight Junction Paracellular Architecture by Molecular Dynamics Simulations. PLOS ONE, 2017, 12, e0184190. Journal



3) Bramini M., Alberini G., Colombo E., Chiacchiaretta M., DiFrancesco M. L., Maya-Vetencourt J. F., Maragliano L., Benfenati F., Cesca F. Interfacing Graphene-Based Materials With Neural Cells. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 2018. Journal

4) Bramini M., Alberini G., Benfenati F., Maragliano L., Cesca F. Interactions Between 2D Graphene-Based Materials and the Nervous Tissue. Advanced 2D Materials – Characterization, Production and Applications, Publisher: SCIENCE PUBLISHERS (An Imprint of CRC Press/ Taylor & Francis Group), 2018. Book Chapter


62nd Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society. San Francisco (USA), 17-21 February 2018. Alberini G., Benfenati F. and Maragliano L. Modeling of Claudin-15 Paracellular Channels via Molecular Dynamics Simulations. [Poster presentation]


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