PhD candidate in Biocomputational Sciences at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) 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. Intermediate communication skills in Norwegian.

  • Italian Institute of Technology. Genoa, Italy.
Research Collaborator - PhD Fellow

​Nov 2017 - present

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

​Jun 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

  • DataCamp
Certified online courses on data science and machine learning

​Aug 2019 - present

  • University of Bologna. Bologna, Italy.
PhD in Biotechnological, Biocomputational, Pharmaceutical, and Pharmacological Sciences

​Nov 2017 - present

  • 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

  • University of Leiden. Leiden, The Netherlands.
Summer school on "Modern Physics at all Scales"

​Jun 2016 - Jul 2016

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

Aug 2020 - Present

  • 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



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



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.

2019. Dalton TransSubmitted.

  • 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 no. 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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