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Walter Rocchia

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Computational mOdelling of NanosCalE and bioPhysical sysTems
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Walter Rocchia graduated cum laude in Electronic Engineering on July 1996, with a thesis on Quantum Computing. In February 2000, he got a PhD in Electronic Devices at the University of Trento. He then was a Research Scholar at the Biochemistry Department of the Columbia University, developing models to calculate the electrostatic field generated by biological macromolecules in solution. As a consultant in the Corporate Technology Centre at Honeywell Int (NJ, USA), and then at the Bioengineering Research Centre "E. Piaggio" of University of Pisa he studied the modeling of the physical properties of actuating polymers and nanotubes in a wet environment. In 2003 he joined the Molecular Biophysics group of National Enterprise for nanoScience and Nanotechnology (NEST-INFM-CNR), at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, working on molecular recognition and targeting. There, he extended his interests from algorithms for speeding up and making more accurate the calculation of the electrostatic interaction energy of biomolecules to Bioinformatic and Biostatistical techniques aimed at identifying targets and engineering molecules involved in biochemical pathways of medical relevance.

In 2008, he moved to the Drug Discovery and Development Department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), working on computational approaches to ligand-protein binding free energy estimation. In 2010 he was awarded, together with the Clemson University, a NIH 5-years grant entitled: DelPhi: Software for Electrostatic Modeling of Biomolecules and Objects.

In 2014, he created the Computational mOdelling of NanosCalE and bioPhysical sysTems (CONCEPT) Lab and co-founded the BiKi Technologies company. 

He is author of more than 80 publications including International Journals, book contributions and Proceedings.

All Publications
2022
Reis P.B.P.S., Bertolini M., Montanari F., Rocchia W., Machuqueiro M., Clevert D.-A.
A Fast and Interpretable Deep Learning Approach for Accurate Electrostatics-Driven p KaPredictions in Proteins
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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2022
Reis P.B.P.S., Barletta G.P., Gagliardi L., Fortuna S., Soler M.A., Rocchia W.
Antibody-Antigen Binding Interface Analysis in the Big Data Era
Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, vol. 9
Article Journal
2022
Raffo A., Gagliardi L., Fugacci U., Sagresti L., Grandinetti S., Brancato G., Biasotti S., Rocchia W.
Chanalyzer: A Computational Geometry Approach for the Analysis of Protein Channel Shape and Dynamics
Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, vol. 9
Article Journal
2022
Gagliardi L., Raffo A., Fugacci U., Biasotti S., Rocchia W., Huang H., Amor B.B., Fang Y., Zhang Y., Wang X., Christoffer C., Kihara D., Axenopoulos A., Mylonas S., Daras P.
SHREC 2022: Protein–ligand binding site recognition
Computers and Graphics, vol. 107, pp. 20-31
Article Journal
2022
Douaki A., Garoli D., Inam A.K.M.S., Angeli M.A.C., Cantarella G., Rocchia W., Wang J., Petti L., Lugli P.
Smart Approach for the Design of Highly Selective Aptamer-Based Biosensors
Biosensors, vol. 12, (no. 8)
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Oral presentations
2018
Rocchia W.
Allosteric communication networks in proteins revealed through pocket Crosstalk analysis
256th ACS National Meeting
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2017
Rocchia W.
MD-binding: Enabling fully dynamic simulation of binding for real-world drug-target systems
254th ACS National Meeting Washington
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