1992-1995: PhD in Physics, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy. Defense 10/17/1996, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. Mentor: Carlo Maria Bertoni.
1986-1992: BSc & MSc in Physics, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Summa cum Laude. Defense 04/10/1992, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy. Mentor: Carlo Maria Bertoni.
Research Director in the National Research Council (CNR) at CNR-NANO Institute, Modena, Italy (10/2020-).
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Quantitative and Computational Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA (1/1/2018-). Tenured in April 2020.
Visiting Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA (8/16/2017-12/31/2017).
Associate Professor (Research) of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA (10/1/2016-5/31/2017).
Adjunct Associate Professor (Research) of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA (9/1/2015-9/30/2016)
Associate Professor (Research) of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA (9/1/2013-8/31/2015).
Senior National Research Council (CNR) permanent research staff member at CNR-NANO Institute, Modena, Italy (04/2009-09/2020).
Member of the permanent research staff of INFM-CNR at the National Center S3 in Modena, Italy (06/2006-04/2009).
Tenure Track National Institute for the Physics of Matter (INFM) Researcher, INFM National Center S3, Modena, Italy (01/2003-05/2006).
Fixed-term INFM Researcher, Unit of Modena, Italy (12/1999-12/2002).
INFM Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy (12/1997-11/1999). Sponsor: Carlo Maria Bertoni.
DARPA Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Xerox Palo Alto Research Laboratory, Palo Alto, CA, USA (01/1996-01/1998). Sponsor: John E. Northrup (deceased).
Theoretical biophysics, structure and electronic properties of DNA and proteins, conformational flexibility and thermodynamics, charge transfer in biological systems, molecule/surface interactions, biomolecular nanostructures, protein-DNA binding, hybrid materials and bio-nano-systems, Density Functional Theory (DFT), Molecular Dynamics (MD) of biological complexes, Quantum Computation applied to high-performance computational problems.
“Vacancies in graphene: an application of adiabatic quantum optimization”, V. Carnevali, I. Siloi, R. Di Felice, and M. Fornari, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 22, 27332-27337 (2020). DOI:10.1039/D0CP04037A
“Protein-Mutation-Induced Conformational Changes of the DNA and Nuclease Domain in CRISPR/Cas9 Systems by Molecular Dynamics Simulations”, A. Ray and R. Di Felice, J. Phys. Chem. B 124, 2168 (2020). DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b07722
“Delineating the mechanisms of DNA-mediated signaling between [4Fe4S] proteins”, R.D. Teo, B.J.G. Rousseau, E.R. Smithwick, R. Di Felice, D.N. Beratan, and A. Migliore, Chem. 5, 1-16 (2019).
“Quantum versus classical machine learning applied to a simplified computational biology problem”, R.Y. Li, R. Di Felice, R. Rohs, and D. Lidar, NPJ QI 4, 14 (2018). DOI:10.1038/s41534-018-0060-8
“Long-range charge transport in single G-quadruplex DNA molecules”, G.I. Livshits, A. Stern, D. Rotem, N. Borovok, G. Eidelshtein, A. Migliore, E. Penzo, S.J. Wind, R. Di Felice, S. Skourtis, J.C. Cuevas, L. Gurevich, A.B. Kotlyar, and D. Porath, Nature Nanotech. 9, 1040 (2014). DOI:10.1038/nnano.2014.246
“DNAshape: high-throughput prediction of DNA shape on a genomic scale”, T. Zhou, L. Yang, Y. Lu, I. Dror, A.C. Dantas Machado, T. Ghane, R. Di Felice, and R. Rohs, Nucl. Acids Res. 41, W56-W62 (2013). DOI:10.1093/nar/gkt437
“Highly conductive nanoribbons of coordination polymers”, Welte, A. Calzolari, R. Di Felice, F. Zamora, and J. Gómez-Herrero, Nature Nanotech. 5, 110 (2010). DOI:10.1038/nnano.2009.354
“Electronic structure of single DNA molecules resolved by scanning tunneling spectroscopy”, Shapir, A. Calzolari, C. Cavazzoni, D. Ryndyk, G. Cuniberti, A.B. Kotlyar, R. Di Felice, and D. Porath, Nature Materials 7, 68 (2008). DOI:10.1038/nmat2060
“Mixing of electronic states in pentacene adsorption on copper”, A. Ferretti, A. Calzolari, R. Di Felice, A. Ruini, E. Molinari, C. Baldacchini, and M.G. Betti, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 046802 (2007). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.046802
“A TDDFT study of excited states of DNA bases and base assemblies”, D. Varsano, R. Di Felice, M.A.L. Marques, and A. Rubio, J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 7129 (2006). DOI:10.1021/jp056120g
"A DFT study of cysteine adsorption on Au(111)", R. Di Felice, A. Selloni, and E. Molinari, J. Phys. Chem. B 107, 1151 (2003). DOI:10.1021/jp0272421