Scientific consultant at Expert Analytics AS. PhD candidate in biocomputational sciences with a background in physics and chemistry. My areas of interest include teaching, data science, machine learning, object-oriented programming, molecular dynamics-based methods, drug discovery, and nanomaterials. Good knowledge of the programming languages Python, SQL, C, and bash. Spanish native speaker. High proficiency in English and Italian. Basic communication skills in Norwegian.

  • Expert Analytics AS. Oslo, Norway

Mar 2021 - Present

  • Italian Institute of Technology. Genoa, Italy
Research collaborator - PhD fellow

Jan 2018 - Feb 2021

  • Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences - University of Oslo. Oslo, Norway.
Guest researcher

Sep 2018 - Dec 2018 and Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

  • University of the Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
Part-time professor

​Jan 2017 - Jun 2017

  • University of the Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
Teaching assistant

​Jul 2013 - Dec 2016

  • Italian Institute of Technology. Genoa, Italy
Research internship

​Jan 2016- Apr 2016

  • Italian Institute of Technology. Genoa, Italy
PhD in biotechnological, biocomputational, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological sciences

​Nov 2017 - Oct 2020

  • DataCamp
Certified online courses on data science and machine learning

​Aug 2019 - Aug 2020

  • MIT Professional Education
Certified online courses on leadership and innovation

​May 2020 - June 2020

  • University of the Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
BSc. Physics

​Jan 2012 - Jul 2017

  • University of the Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
BSc. Chemistry

​Aug 2011 - Dec 2016

  • Leiden University. Leiden, The Netherlands
Modern Physics at All Scales Summer School

​Jun 2016 - Jul 2016

  • Uniandinos Alumni Association. Quiero Mentoría ("I Want Mentorship Program")

Aug 2020 - May 2021

  • American Chemical Society. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

Dec 2019 - Present

  • University of the Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
Students representative of the chemistry department

​Oct 2013 - Sep 2015

  • SOSAndes - Students Offering Support. Bogotá, Colombia
Teacher and fundraiser for poverty alleviation

​Aug 2012 - Jul 2013


If you are interested in any of my publications but do not have access, do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to share any upon request


Membranotropic Nanoparticles Harvest Cholesterol to Promote Their Passive Cellular Uptake

Franco-Ulloa, S., Guarnieri, D., Pompa, P. P. & De Vivo, M..

2020. Submitted


Arginine magic with Gold Nanoparticles: Selective and Nondisruptive Targeting of Neutral Phospholipid

(Co-first author) Morillas-Becerril, L., Franco-Ulloa, S., Fortunati, I., Marotta, R., Sun. X., Zanoni, G.Tatulli, G., De Vivo, M. & Mancin, F.

2020. Submitted


Novel Complexes with ONNO Tetradentate Coumarin Schiff-Base Donor Ligands: X-ray Structures, DFT Calculations, Molecular Dynamics and Potential Anticarcinogenic Activity

Mestizo, P.D., Narváez, D. M., Pinzón-Ulloa, J. A., Torres Di Bello, D., Franco-Ulloa, S., Macías, M. A., Groot, H., Miscione, G. P., Suescun, L. & Hurtado, J. J.

2020. Biometals. DOI: 10.1007/s10534-020-00268-8


Dispersion State Phase Diagram of Citrate-Coated Metallic Nanoparticles in Saline Solutions

Franco-Ulloa, S., Tatulli, G., Løland-Bore, S., Moglianetti, M., Pompa, P. P., Cascella, M., De Vivo, M.

2020. Nat. Comm. 5422


Novel, Potent, and Druglike Tetrahydroquinazoline Inhibitor That Is Highly Selective for Human Topoisomerase II α over β

Ortega, J. A., Arencibia, J. M., Minniti, E., Byl, J. A. W., Franco-Ulloa, S., Borgogno, M., Genna, V., Summa, M., Bertozzi, S. M., Bertorelli, R., Armirotti, A., Minarini, A., Sissi, C. & De Vivo, M..

2020. J. Med. Chem. 63 (21): 12873-12886



Design, Synthesis, Dynamic Docking, Biochemical Characterization, and In Vivo Pharmacokinetics Studies of Novel Topoisomerase II Poisons with Promising Antiproliferative Activity

Arencibia, J. M., Brindani, N., Franco-Ulloa, S., Nigro, M., Kuriappan, J. A., Ottonello, G., Bertozzi, S. M., Summa, M., Girotto, S., Bertorelli, S., Armirotti, A., De Vivo, M..

2020. J. Med. Chem. 63 (7): 3508-3521


NanoModeler: A Webserver for Molecular Simulations and Engineering of Nanoparticles

 Franco-Ulloa, S., Riccardi, L., Rimembrana, F., Pini, M. & De Vivo, M.​

2019. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 15 (3): 2022-2032

(Cover Article) 


Cu(II) and Zn(II) Complexes with Dinitrobenzoates and Pyrazolyl Ligands: Structural and Thermal Stability Influence of N–H Moiety

Torres, J. F., Macías, M. A., Franco-Ulloa, S., Miscione, G. P., Cobo, J. & Hurtado, J. J. 
2019. Cryst. Growth Des 19 (6): 3348-3357


Novel Bacterial Topoisomerase Inhibitors Exploit Asp83 and the Intrinsic Flexibility of the DNA Gyrase Binding Site

Franco-Ulloa, S., La Sala, J., Miscione, G. P. & De Vivo, M.
2018. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 19 (2): 453


La evolución del diseño de medicamentos y el rol de los métodos computacionales: Jugando a ser Dios (The evolution of drug design and the role of computational methods: Playing to be God)

Franco-Ulloa, S., Ramos-Guzmán, C. A. & Miscione, G. P. 
2016. Hipótesis. 21: 40-49 
  • Full scholarship from Becas Santander to enroll in an online course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The scholarship covered the enrollment fee of $2,300 of the MIT - Leading Digital Transformation certified course
  • Winner of the research grant HP10CR7KHL from the Italian SuperComputing Resource Allocation-Class C (ISCRA-C). Receiver of 25,000 core hours from the SuperComputing Applications and Innovation (SCAI) center
  • Speaker at the Properties and Functionalities of Nanometer and Sub-Nanometer Sized Quantum Objects Gordon’s Research Conference. 2019. Les Diablerets, Switzerland
  • Poster presentation at the New Perspectives of Nanostructured Devices and High-Resolution Characterization Techniques Gordon’s Research Seminar. 2019. Les Diablerets, Switzerland
  • Poster presentation at the Nucleic acid immunity: from cellular mechanisms to new technologies SIBBM seminar. 2019. Bologna, Italy
  • Speaker at the Challenges in modelling and simulations of nanoparticles in complex environments CECAM workshop. 2019. Genoa, Italy
  • Poster presentation at the Translational and Health Informatics: Implications for Drug Discovery EuroQSAR Symposium. 2018. Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Poster presentation at the Multiscale modelling in electrophysiology: from atoms to organs CECAM workshop. 2018. Lugano, Switzerland
  • Poster presentation at the 1st Protein Structure, Function, and Drug Discovery School. 2017. Bogotá, Colombia
  • Speaker at the 42nd Theoretical Chemists of Latin Expression Congress. 2016. Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Speaker at the 6th National Congress of Theoretical and Computational Chemists. 2016. Bogotá, Colombia
  • Speaker at the 2nd Colombian Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2016. Medellín, Colombia


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