Giulio Rastelli was born in Italy in 1965. He received the M.Sc. degree in chemistry cum laude in 1990 and the PhD degree in medicinal chemistry at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 1993. In 1994 he has been fellow in computational biophysics at the University of California San Francisco with Proff. Daniel Santi and Peter Kollman. He has been assistant professor in medicinal chemistry at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia starting from 1996, and he was promoted to associate professor in 2005. He has been short-term visiting scientist at Kosan Biosciences (USA) starting from 2000.
Giulio Rastelli is head of the Molecular Modeling & Drug Design Laboratory (MMDDLab) of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. His research is focused on computational design of drug candidates and the implementation of new drug design methodologies. Research interests include the rational design of "ad hoc" targeted drugs related to a specific disease, with special focus on anticancer drug targets. The MMDDLab is also developing new computational tools for virtual screening based on the integration of docking, molecular dynamics, and free energy-based scoring functions. The lab recently developed BEAR, an innovative post-docking tool for virtual screening.
Giulio Rastelli is author of 107 publications in peer-reviewed international journals (H-index 31) and two patents. He has been coordinator of several grants from EU, MIUR, AIRC, Regione Emilia Romagna, Spinner, Foundations, and private pharma and biotech companies. He collaborates with several academic and private institutions for the design and discovery of targeted drugs.
Giulio Rastelli is member of the editorial board of Current Medicinal Chemistry, Molecules, Computational Molecular Bioscience, Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, and ScienceAsia.