Dr. Nina Ilieva

Dr. Nina Ilieva was originally trained as a computational chemist. She earned her Bachelor in “Ecochemistry” and Master in “Computational Chemistry” at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Her zeal for deeper understanding of the computational models and methods used to study biological molecules lead her to the PhD program in “Physics and chemistry of biological systems” in SISSA, Trieste, Italy. There she worked under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Laio on the computational analysis of single molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) experiments on membrane proteins. Her PhD project focused on coarse-grained molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of protein unfolding on implicit membrane. To the end of examining the experimental data, she developed a new data analysis tool able to automatically filter and classify thousands of force-extension curves, thereby improving both her programming and analytical skills. Currently, she moved back to quantum chemistry calculations to study and investigate the properties of small organic redox-active molecules to be used in the construction of novel ion-metal battery electrodes.

Contact information: Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Sofia, office 527, tel. 02/8161-374, e-mail: nina.ilievaa@gmail.com

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