Richard André Cunha

Richard André Cunha, Dr.

Phone: +41 44 63 56596

Room number: Y34-F-36

richard.cunha@chem.uzh.ch

 

Education:

 

10/2013 - 10/2017 - Ph.D.: Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems at International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) - Trieste, Italy.

“Dissecting Mg2+-RNA interactions using atomistic molecular dynamics”

Supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Bussi.

 

03/2013 - 10/2013 Post-graduate Fellowship at International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) - Trieste, Italy.

Supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Bussi

 

01/2012 - 03/2013 - M.Sc.: Physical Chemistry at Federal University of Uberlandia (UFU) - Uberlandia, Brazil.

“Molecular characterization of the interaction mechanism of Chitosans with DPPC lipid bilayers.”

Supervisor: Prof. Eduardo de Faria Franca

 

01/2007 - 12/2011 - Bachelor and Licentiate in Chemistry at Federal University of Uberlandia (UFU) - Uberlandia, Brazil.

“Molecular modeling on the development of novel pesticide biosensors.”

Supervisor: Prof. Eduardo de Faria Franca


 

Publications:

 

Šponer J., Bussi G., Krepl M., Banáš P., Bottaro S., Cunha R. A., Gil-Ley A., Pinamonti G., Poblete S., Jurečka, Walter N. G., and Otyepka M. (2018) “RNA Structural Dynamics as Captured by Molecular Simulations: A Comprehensive Overview”. In: Chemical Reviews. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00427

 

Cunha, R. A., Bussi, G. (2017). Unravelling Mg2+-RNA binding with atomistic molecular dynamics. RNA, 23(5), 628-638. DOI: 10.1261/rna.060079.11

 

Amarante, A. M., Cunha, R. A., ... & Leite, F. L. (2014). Modeling the coverage of an AFM tip by enzymes and its application in nanobiosensors. Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling, 53, 100-104. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmgm.2014.07.009

 

Oliveira, G. S., Leite, F. L., Amarante, A. M., Franca, E. F., Cunha, R. A., Briggs, J. M., & Freitas, L. C. (2013). Molecular modeling of enzyme attachment on AFM probes. Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling, 45, 128-136. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmgm.2013.08.007

 

Cunha, R. A., Franca, E. F., Pontes, F. J., Lins, R. D., Soares, T. A., & Rusu, V. H. (2012). The molecular structure and conformational dynamics of chitosan polymers: an integrated perspective from experiments and computational simulations. INTECH Open Access Publisher.

 

 

Franca, E. F., Leite, F. L., Cunha, R. A., Oliveira Jr, O. N., & Freitas, L. C. (2011). Designing an enzyme-based nanobiosensor using molecular modeling techniques. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13(19), 8894-8899. DOI:  10.1039/C1CP20393B

 

Oral Presentations:

 

251st ACS National Meeting, March 13-17, 2016 - San Diego, California, USA.

20th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society, May 26-31, 2015 - Madison, Wisconsin, USA. (Plenary session)

X Brazilian Materials Research Society Meeting, September 25-29, 2011 - Gramado, Brazil.


 

Teaching and Science dissemination :

 

05/2017 - Speaker at the festival "A Pint of Science” with the talk “Negli Atomi dipinti di blu”, May 15-17, Trieste, Italy.

07/2016 - Tutor in molecular dynamics for the CECAM “Summer school on atomistic simulation techniques”, Trieste, Italy.

07/2015- Tutor in molecular dynamics for the CECAM "Summer School on Atomistic Simulation Techniques for Material Science, Nanotechnology, and Biophysics”, Trieste, Italy.

07/2014 - Tutor in molecular dynamics for the CECAM "Summer school on atomistic simulation techniques”, Trieste, Italy.

2007 - 2011: High School chemistry teacher - Various private schools in Uberlandia, Brazil.


 

Awards:

 

Best graduate student poster: RNA: Structure, Dynamics and Function, May 24-27, 2016 - Trieste, Italy.

2nd best poster: Workshop on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, September 2-14, 2012 -Montevideo, Uruguay.

Best undergraduate poster: 34º Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Chemical Society, May 23-26, 2011 - Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.