Luca Monticelli

CNRS, UMR 5086
7, Passage du Vercors
69007 Lyon, France
Phone: +33 4 72 72 26 57
luca.monticelli [at]

Scientific interests

My main scientific interests are in the field of membrane biophysics and in the interaction between biological membranes and nano-sized particles, including both biological and synthetic macromolecules. In particular, I am interested in understanding how biological and man-made nanomaterials enter cells and perturb their functions. Among biological macromolecules, the strongest activity is focused on proteins. As for synthetic nanoparticles, my interests are mainly in carbon nanoparticles (fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, carbon black). This multi-disciplinary research is coupled to the development of theoretical and computational methodologies for the study of biological complex systems. I currently work at the development of both atomistic and coarse-grained force fields for molecular simulations.

Research and teaching experience

  • 2013 - present: Researcher at IBCP (CNRS), Lyon, France.
  • 2009 - 2013: Researcher at DSIMB (INSERM), Paris, France.
  • 2008 - 2009: Research Associate at Helsinki University of Technology (TKK), Espoo, Finland, in the group of Prof I. Vattulainen.
  • 2004 - 2007: AHFMR Research Fellow at the University of Calgary, AB, Canada. Advisor: Prof. D. Peter Tieleman.
  • 2003: visiting researcher at the University of Calgary, AB, Canada. Advisor: Prof. D. Peter Tieleman.
  • 2002 - 2004: teaching assistant at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy; course: "Chemistry and Propaedeutic Biochemistry"
  • 2002 - 2004: CISI Research Fellow, University of Milan, Italy. Advisors: Prof. A. Bernardi and Dr. G. Colombo.
  • 1999 - 2002: PhD student at the University of Padova, Italy. Supervisor: Prof. S. Mammi.
  • 1997 - 1998: research internship at DISMA, University of Milan, Italy. Supervisor: Prof. E. Ragg.


  • 2011 HDR (Habilitation) Biophysics, Universite Paris Diderot, France.
  • 2002 PhD in Chemistry: University of Padova, Italy.
    Advisor: Prof. Stefano Mammi. Thesis title: "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Parathyroid Hormone Receptor System".
  • 1998 "Laurea" in Chemistry: University of Milan, Italy; grade 110/110.
    Supervisor: Prof. Enzio Ragg. Thesis title: "Conformational Analysis of PrP106-126, a Neurotoxic Fragment of Prion Protein, Through 1H-NMR Spectroscopy".

INTERNSHIPS available for Master students!

Internships suitable for students interested in Computational Biophysics / Computational Chemistry / Bioinformatics.
The positions are available for the second semester 2017-2018, starting from January 2018.

Molecular simulations of lipid droplets: effect of composition on droplet shape

Molecular simulations of lipid droplets: effect of surface tension on droplet budding

Understanding the polymer behaviour in Layer-by-Layer assemblies

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