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Marina Guenza

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Theoretical Physical Chemistry - Structure and Dynamics of Complex Fluids - Novel Computational Methods
  • Phone: 541-346-2877
  • Office: 136 Klamath Hall
  • Affiliated Departments: Institute of Molecular Biology, Materials Science Institute, Physics Department
  • Website: Website


M.S., University of Genoa, Italy, 1985 (Angelo Perico). Ph.D., Consortium of the Universities of Genoa, Turin, and Pavia, Italy, 1989. 1989–99 Tenured Researcher, National Council of Research, Italy. 1994 Visiting Scientist at University of Chicago, James Franck Institute, with Karl F. Freed. 1995–97 Visiting Scientist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  with Ken S. Schweizer. 1998-1999 Visiting Scientist, University of Oregon. 2002-2006 Assistant Professor, University of Oregon. 2006-2012 Associate Professor, University of Oregon. 2012 - present, Professor, University of Oregon.

Honors and Awards:
2018 - present, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
2015 University of Oregon Interdisciplinary Research Award
2015 University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award
2011 - present, Fellow of the American Physical Society
2010-2013 Editorial Advisory Board of Macromolecules
1985-1988, Italian Ministry of Public Instruction fellow
Memberships: American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Biophysical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science


The Guenza group studies the structure and dynamics of complex macromolecular liquids using equilibrium, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, and advanced computational methods. For more details see our webpage.


Research Gate Profile

Recent Publications:

E. R. Beyerle, M. G. Guenza "Kinetics analysis of ubiquitin local fluctuations with Markov state modeling of the LE4PD normal modes” J. Chem. Phys. 151, 164119(1-13) (2019) DOI: 10.1063/1.5123513

M. Dinpajooh, M. G. Guenza “Can pure polymer liquids be represented at two different resolutions simultaneously?" J. Chem. Phys., 151, 061102-(1-5) (2019). DOI: 10.1063/1.5115791. 

M. G. Guenza, M. Dinpajooh, J. McCarty, I. Y. Lyubimov “Accuracy, Transferability, and Efficiency of Coarse-Grained Models of Molecular Liquids” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 122(45), 10257-10278 (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b06687. Publication Selected as Editor’s Pick and Feature Article.

M. Dinpajooh, M. G. Guenza “Coarse-graining simulation approaches for polymer melts: the effect of potential range on computational efficiency” Soft Matter, 14, 7126-7144 (2018). Cover paper.

M. Dinpajooh, and M. G. Guenza “On the Density Dependence of the Integral Equation Coarse-Graining Effective Potential" The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 122(13), 3426-3440 (2018). DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b10494.

P. G. Romano and M. G. Guenza “GRadient Adaptive Decomposition (GRAD) Method: Optimized Refinement Along Macrostate Borders in Markov State Models" The Journal of Chemical Infromation and Modeling 57, 2729-2740 (2017). 

J. Copperman, M. Dinpajooh, E. Beyerle, and M. G. Guenza “Universality and specificity in protein fluctuation dynamics" Physical Review Letters, 119, 158101 (2017).

M. Dinpajooh, and M. G. Guenza “Thermodynamic Consistency in the Structure-based Integral Equation Coarse-Grained Method" Polymers, 117, 282-286 (2017).

E. deLorimier, M. N. Hinman, J. Copperman, K. Datta, M. Guenza, and J. A. Berglund “Pseudouridine Modification Inhibits Muscleblind-like 1(MBNL1) Binding to CCUG Repeats and Minimally Structured RNA through Reduced RNA Flexibility” Journal of Biological Chemistry, 292, 4350-4357 (2017).

M. G. Guenza "Thermodynamically Consistent Coarse-Graining of Polymers" in "Coarse-Grained Modeling of Biomolecules" (Series in Computational Biophysics by Tylor & Francis Publisher, G. Papoian Ed. 2017) arXiv:1509.08546.