• Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. We will find a way to make a way out of no way.” John Lewis
  • Why is foreign talent so important to the United States? For the same reason the Boston Red Sox don’t limit themselves to players born in Boston: The larger the pool you draw from, the larger the supply of exceptional talent. Moreover, America gains immense creative advantage by educating top domestic students alongside top international students. By challenging, inspiring and stretching one another, they make one another better, just as star players raise a whole team’s level of play.” L. Rafael Reif
  • What I cannot simulate, I do not understand
  • Things in equilibrium are dead, extremes are always more informative
  • “Everything that living things do can be understood in terms of the jiggling and wiggling of atoms” Richard Feynman
  • Sólo existen dos grande enemigos… el tiempo y uno mismo
  • Reproducibility, Reproducibility, Reproducibility!
  • “Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work” A. Einstein
  • In our simulation work we went beyond the standard approach in which only equilibrium properties are monitored; instead we developed and adopted strategies in which external forces were used to probe protein function and to produce verifiable predictions
  • We aim to do research in which simulations and experiments challenge and complement each other, going beyond single-molecules and advancing our general knowledge on the biophysics of mechanotransduction and cellular adhesion at all levels
  • We work in Ohio, the home state of Neil Armstrong, the Wright brothers, and Thomas Edison. Whatever you explore/discover/invent next must be as revolutionary as what they did!
  • The entire Earth is but a point, and the place of our own habitation but a minute corner of it -Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor, Meditations, Book 4 (CA. 170)
  • I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat” Churchill
  • Soy partidaria de la moral del atletismo personal. De proponerse llegar a una meta, y apenas se consigue, ya se está proponiendo otra cosa. Como los nadadores, quienes por más rápido que sean, traspasan sus propios límites. (I am in favor of the athletee’s moral: To set a goal, and to set the next one a soon as the first one is achieved. Like swimmers, that try to break their own records regardless of how fast they are)”  Carla Cordua
  • We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.” Turing
  • A good research student is like a fire which needs but the match to start it. Research is a discipline to put the text-book to one side and to get out further knowledge by one’s own effort. It teaches the student how to value evidence; how to read with discretion, since she/he must weigh what others have done before she/he uses the previous knowledge as a foundation for his own advances. The student learns to meet disappointment, to realize how little she/he can do in a day, and that weeks or months may go by without obvious progress. It is all very humiliating; and the blunders one makes are very foolish… but there is always the hope before every student that she/he may contribute something to the total of human knowledge. Perhaps the hope is not so often reached as it might be, but that does not mean that the work has been done in vain: a thousand times, no” Sir William Bragg.
  • Science, my girls and boys, is composed or errors, but errors that it is right to make, for they lead step by step towards the truth.” Tom Friedman quoting Jules Gabriel Verne.
  • “Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Shelley.

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