Dr. Matteo T. Degiacomi – Associate Professor

Matteo, holds a MSc in Computer Science and a PhD in life sciences from EPFL (Switzerland). Following a PDRA in the Chemistry Department of the University of Oxford, in 2017 he joined Durham University as EPSRC Early Career Fellow. More information here.

Samuel Musson – PhD Student

Sam grew up in rural Lincolnshire and completed his Master of Chemistry (MChem) at Durham University (2019). After carrying out his Master’s Research Project with Matteo, he was accepted onto the SOFI2 CDT program. Sam re-join the group in 2020 to look at the applications of deep learning methods with respect to the analysis and exploration of a proteins conformation landscape.

Cameron McAllister – PhD Student

Cameron grew up in Ellesmere Port near Liverpool and completed his MSci in Physics at the University of Bristol (2020). For his project Cameron is performing single protein spectroscopy using an Enhanced Acoustic Raman (EAR) spectroscopy experiment and will use molecular dynamics simulations to generate more accurate theoretical predictions of proteins’ EAR spectra. Cameron is part of the SOFI2 CDT program, and is co-supervised by Dr. Beth Bromley and Prof. Kevin Weatherhill.

Louis Sayer – L4 Student

Louis is a L4 Student in Durham’s Department of Physics. For his project, he is developing and testing our machine learning method, molearn, to sample protein conformational spaces.

Saabir Petker – L4 Student

Saabir is a L4 Student in Durham’s Department of Physics. For his project, he is benchmarking and improving our protein-protein docking engine, JabberDock.

Dr. Venkata Krishnan Ramaswamy – visitor

Venkat, born in Bangalore (India), obtained his M.S. in Pharmacoinformatics from NIPER (S.A.S. Nagar, India) in 2013. He then joined the University of Cagliari (Italy) as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow for his doctoral research, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative Project. Venkat then spend two years as PDRA in Matteo’s group, developing a convolutional neural network to characterize proteins conformational space. Venkat is now researcher in Cresset.

Lucas Rudden – visitor

Lucas grew up in London and completed his Joint Honours MSci in Chemistry and Physics in Durham University (2017). Lucas, currently a PDRA in the group of Prof. Patrick Barth in EPFL (Switzerland), has been a PhD student in Matteo’s group. In his thesis he developed volumetric descriptors for dynamics and electrostatics in a protein docking scenario. These are embodied in JabberDock, a docking algorithm accommodating for local flexibility.


  • Lucy Vost, Masters Student, 2020/21 [PhD student @ University of Oxford]
  • Lucas Rudden, PhD student, 2017/21 [PDRA @ Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)]
  • Dr. Venkata Krishnan Ramaswamy, PDRA, 2018/21 [researcher @ Cresset]
  • George Carsley, Masters Student, 2019/20
  • Samuel Musson, Masters Student, 2018/19 [PhD student @Durham University]

Joining the group

Currently no funded position is available. Outstanding candidates with a strong background in Physics, Computer Science, Computational Chemistry/Biology are encouraged to contact Matteo providing their CV and a short statement of research interests. Prospective postgraduate students are encouraged to explore funding opportunities such as those detailed in Funding for Postgraduate Research.