Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stefano Ciurli

Q. Please introduce yourself to the readers of the blog.
A. I am a full professor of general and inorganic chemistry at the University of Bologna (Italy).
I received my M.Sc. from the University of Pisa with a thesis done at Columbia University (NY), received my Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University, and done a post-doctoral work at the NMR center in Florence.
I work on the structural biology and biological chemistry of metalloproteins. After several years of work on electron transfer proteins containing Fe and Cu, I have been spending the last ten years working on the biochemistry of nickel.
I use NMR mainly for processing and visualization of 1D, 2D, and 3D NMR spectra of proteins prior to go on and use other programs for more dedicated tasks of spectral signal assignment.

Q. Which NMR software are you using?
A. The first choice is iNMR, for its amazing speed and flexibility, especially for 3D spectra. Easy to use and great performance. I use MestreNova for teaching purposes (mainly because of lack of Mac computers among the students, otherwise that would be perfect, considering the simulation modules etc.), and NMRPipe for other different tasks more dedicated to protein NMR.

Q. Is iNMR enough for your needs?
A. I like to use both iNMR and NMRPipe, having iNMR as the first choice and leaving NMRPipe for more specialized work.