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David N. Beratan

(919) 660-1526

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David Beratan


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena California, 1985.
  • B.S., Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1980.
  • R.J. Reynolds Professor of Chemistry, Duke University.
  • Professor Beratan is also affiliated with the Duke University Department of Biochemistry and with the Duke Molecular Biophysics Program. For more information, visit the sites listed below.




  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Molecular Simulation
  • Conrad E. Ronneberg Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago, April 2001
  • Ralph and Lucy Hirschmann Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania, May 2000
  • Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford, 1999 - 2000
  • J.S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 1999-2000
  • Burroughs-Wellcome Travel Fellow, University of Oxford, 1999-2000
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh, 1998
  • NSF National Young Investigator (NYI) Award recipient, 1992-97
  • Visiting Associate in Chemistry, Caltech, July 1989-July 1993 & June 1996
  • Visiting Professor, São Carlos Institute of Physics and Chemistry, University of São Paulo, São Carlos, Brazil, August 1988
  • National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship (RRA) recipient, 1985-1987
  • Graduation with Honors and with Distinction (in Chemistry), Duke University, 1980


Agostino Migliore

(919) 660-1633

  • BS & MSc Physics
    University of Palermo,
    Italy, 2003
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy, 2007
  • Fitness to be permanent researcher, CNR, Italy, 2011

Current project: 1. Charge transfer dynamics relevant to protein-mediated energy transduction and 2. Electron transfer in proteins under extreme condition



Shoresh Shafei

(919) 660-1633

  • BS & Physics
    University of Tehran,
  • M.Sc. Theoretical Physics, University of Kurdistan, 2007
  • M.Sc. Nonlinear Optics, Washington State University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Physics, Washington State University, 2013

Current project: 1. Electron transfer in proteins under extreme condition and 2. the design of more efficeint light-absorbing materials for solar cell applications.






Aaron Virshup

(919) 660-1633

  • B. A. Physics, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Ia.
  • M.S. Physics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Current Project: Molecular Library Design






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Jiaxing Lin

(919) 660-1634


  • B.S., Physical Chemistry, University
    of Science and Technology of China (USTC) P.R. China, 2010
  • Chemisty Department

Current Project: light harvesting
of MOFs




Chaoren Liu

(919) 660-1634


  • B.S., Applied Physics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)
  • M.S. Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS)
  • Chemisty Department

Current Project: Electron Transfer in DNA/PNA Nano Structures 

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Ruibin Liu

(919) 660-1634

  • B.S., University of Science and Technology of China
  • Chemisty Department

Current Project: Theoretical Study in Nano-particle Solar Cells



Zheng Ma



Zheng Ma

(919) 660-1634


  • B.S., University of Science and Technology of China, 2010
  • Chemisty Department

Current Project: 2D-Infrared Spectroscopy



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Nicholas Polizzi

(919) 660-1633

  • B.S., Biology, Cornell University
    Dec. 2007
  • In Biochemistry Department

Current Project: Hole transfer in de novo designed peptides





Chetan Rupakheti

(919) 660-1633

  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics and
  • B.S. in Biology
  • B.S. Minor in Chemistry, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia, 2009
  • In CBB program

Current Project: Chemical Methodologies Library Design


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Yuqi "Gary" Zhang

(919) 660-1633

  • B.S., Nankai University, Tiangin, China
  • Enrolled in Ph.D. program Dept. of Chemistry

Current Project:
Electron transfer in metal modified PNAs

Other Associates

Ilya Balabin

Lockheed Martin


Alexander Balaeff

Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida


Judith Hempel

J.C. Hempel Consulting, LLC

jhempel at pair dot com


Xiangqian Hu

SAS Institute

huxiangqian at gmail dot com


Shahar Keinan

UNC- EFRC Solar Fuels Project

shahar at duke dot edu


Spiridon Skourtis

Associate Professor, University of Cyrpus

skourtis at ucy dot ac dot cy


Ravindra Venkatramani

Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India



Prior Post-Docs / Students


Name Year Present Affiliation
Horacio Carias 2011 Accenture Consulting
Julia Contreras-Garcia 2011 CNRS, Paris
Bala Desinghu 2010 University of Houston
Michael Galperin 2002 Univ. of California, San Diego
Lev Gelb 1999 University of Texas, Dallas
Michael-Rock "Rocky" Goldsmith 2005 Chemical Computing Group
Elizabeth Hatcher 2007

University of Maryland

Nan Jiang 2012 China
Tsutomu Kawatsu 2005 Kyoto University, Japan
Rama Kondru 1999 Roche Labs, Nutley, NJ
Christof Kuhn 1995 Physician, Switzerland
Igor Kurnikov 2000 Carnegie-Mellon University
Maria Kurnikova 2001 Carnegie-Mellon University
Aleksey Kuznetsov 2013 North Carolina State Univeristy
Mikyung Lee 2000 Unknown
Jielou "Jeff" Liao 2005 USTC, China
David Minh 2013 Illinois Institute of Technology
Parag Mukhpadhyay 2009 Bristol-Meyers Squibb
Jianping Lin 2006 Nankai University, China
Melissa Pasquinelli 2004 North Carolina State University
Satyam Priyadarshy 1996 Network Solutions
Tatiana Prytkova 2007 Chapman University
Chrisopher Rinderspacher 2009 Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen
Steven Risser 1995 Battelle Memorial Institute
Spiros Skourtis 1996 University of Cyprus
Glenna Tong 2002 University of Hong Kong
Yi "Yves" Wang 2012 Inst. of BioPhysics Chinese Acad of Sciences
Dequan Xiao 2009 University of New Haven
Jieru Zheng 2007 Campbell Alliance Group
Gerard Zuber 2008 Philip Morris Company, Switzerland




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