Marco Garavelli was born on September 19, 1969, in Cesena (Forli, Italy). He received the B.S. degree in Chemistry from Bologna University (Magna Cum Laude) in 1994 and attended his Ph.D. Project in chemical sciences at Bologna University between 1994 and 1997; Doctorate was awarded to him in 1998. He spent two years (1998-1999) at King‘s College London as a Research Associate (TMR postdoctoral position for the “Quantum chemistry for the excited state-QUCEX” Project), supervised by Professor Michael A. Robb. In 1999, he started his activity as a Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician” of the University of Bologna. Since 2002, he has been holding a permanent position as a Researcher at Bologna University, where he is still working with the title of Aggregate Professor. His research activity and areas of expertise include working on a variety of topics ranging from methods development to applications in computational (photo-) chemistry. His particular focus has been devoted to the simulation of the reactivity and dynamics of large molecules and their interaction with external stimuli (e.g., photons). His aim is not to simply obtain a reproduction/interpretation of experimental data but to build predictive models and provide a deeper understanding of the phenomena that are investigated. Concurrently, the development of new tools for exploring electronic potential energy surfaces and surface crossings in complex photoresponsive molecular architectures, and deciphering their nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, is pursued. His main areas of expertise are tracking the photochemical path and its branching; hybrid methods; retinal chromophores and rhodopsins; green fluorescent protein; nucleobases; phytochrome; photochromic systems; photoinduced events in neutral conjugated hydrocarbons; modelling enzymatic reactions.
Biography Updated on 31 January 2012