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ORCID iD: orcid.org/0000-0002-9806-236X
ResearcherID: AAS-5534-2021
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Laura-Pedraza-Gonzalez
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Research Interests
Photochemistry and photobiology; multiscale methods for studying photoactivated processes in photoresponsive proteins; Molecular Dynamics (MD); hybrid Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM) protocols; theoretical development and software implementation in quantum chemistry; optogenetics; positron bond and chemistry of exotic particles.

Curriculum Vitae
Nov 2021 - Present. Postdoc. Modeling Light & Environment in Complex Systems (MoLECoLab). Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry. University of Pisa (UNIPI). Pisa, Italy.
Topic: Application of multiscale methods to the study of photoactivated processes in photoresponsive proteins.
Adviser: Prof. Dr. Benedetta Mennucci.

Nov 2020 - Oct 2021. Postdoc. Laboratory for Computational Photochemistry and Photobiology (LCPP). Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy. University of Siena (UNISI). Siena, Italy.
Topic: “Towards a new generation of automatic rhodopsin models and generalized models”.
Adviser: Prof. Dr. Massimo Olivucci.

Oct 2017 - Oct 2020. PhD in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Laboratory for Computational Photochemistry and Photobiology (LCPP). Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy. University of Siena (UNISI). Siena, Italy.
Thesis: Blueprinting, implementation, and application of fully automatic protocols for the QM/MM modeling of photo-excited states of rhodopsin variants (https://usiena-air.unisi.it/handle/11365/1141640#.YZtXUZHMKvE) Doctor Europaeus, Cum Laude.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Massimo Olivucci, Co-advisor: Prof. Dr. Luca De Vico.

Oct 2016 – Sep 2017. Research Assistant. Quantum and Computational Chemistry group (QCC). Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences. Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL). Bogotá, Colombia.
Research grant: Jóvenes Investigadores e Innovadores (706), COLCIENCIAS. Topic: Análisis de la unión de positrones a átomos y moléculas empleando la teoría del orbital molecular para cualquier partícula (APMO), en el paquete computacional LOWDIN.
Adviser: Prof. Dr. Andrés Reyes.

Jan 2014 - Aug 2016. M.Sc. in Chemistry. Quantum and Computational Chemistry group (QCC). Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences. Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL). Bogotá, Colombia.
Thesis: Analyzing the binding of protons and positrons to molecules with the Any Particle Molecular Orbital method (APMO) using the computational package LOWDIN (https://repositorio.unal.edu.co/handle/unal/57895). Cum Laude.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Andrés Reyes.

Aug 2008 - Jan 2014. B.Sc. in Chemistry. Grupo de Quimica Teorica (GQT). Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences. Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL). Bogotá, Colombia.
Thesis: “Electrostatic complementarity and stability of natural and artificial DNA base pairs: A computational approach”
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Edgar Eduardo Daza Caicedo.

Link to CV: https://es.overleaf.com/read/skbdmzrsgycv

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