Maria Salari, Ph.D.

Photo of Maria SalariAssistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: Voigt Science Hall 223A

Phone: (618) 537-6935




Ph.D., Chemistry, Rutgers University (2016)

           Computational Biology & Molecular Biophysics, Rutgers University (2016)

B.S., Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh (2010)


Teaching Interests


  • General Chemistry

  • Analytical Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry

  • Biochemistry

  • Computational Chemistry

  • Chemistry Research Methods

Research Interests


I am interested in developing and applying computational methodologies to study the structure, dynamics and function of biologically relevant systems ranging from small molecules to enzymes.



(all as Maria T. Panteva)

Panteva, M. T.
, Giambasu, G. M.,York, D.M. Force Field for Mg2+, Mn2++, Zn2+, and Cd2+ Ions That Have Balanced Interactions with Nucleic Acids.”  Phys. Chem. B (2015) 50, 15460–15470.

Giambasu, G. M., Gebala, M. K., Panteva, M. T., Luchko, T., Case, D. A., York, D. M. “Competitive interaction of monovalent cations with DNA from 3D-RISM.” Nucleic Acids Res. (2015) 43, 8405-8415.

Panteva, M. T., Giambasu, G. M.,York, D.M. Comparison of structural, thermodynamic, kinetic and mass transport properties of Mg2+ models commonly used in biomolecular simulations.” Comput. Chem. (2015) 36, 970-982.

Panteva, M. T., Dissanayake, T., Chen, H., Radak, B. K., Kuechler, E. R., Giambasu, G. M., Lee, T-S., York, D. M. “Multiscale methods for computational RNA enzymology.” Methods Enzymol. (2015) 553, 335-374.

Giese, T. J., Panteva, M. T., Chen, H., York, D. M. “Multipolar Ewald Methods. II. Applications Using a Quantum Mechanical Force Field.” Chem. Theory Comput. (2015) 11, 451-461.

Giese, T. J., Panteva, M. T., Chen, H., York, D. M. “Multipolar Ewald Methods. I. Theory, Accuracy, and Performance.” Chem. Theory Comput. (2015) 11, 436-450.

Giese, T. J., Chen, H., Dissanayake, T., Giambasu, G. M., Heldenbrand, G. M., Huang, M., Kuechler, E., Lee, T-S., Panteva, M. T., Radak, B. K., York, D. M. “A variational linear-scaling framework to build practical, efficient next-generation orbital-based quantum force fields.” Chem. Theory Comput. (2013) 9, 1417-1427.

Panteva, M. T.,* Salari, R.,* Bhattacharjee, M., Chong, L. T. “Direct observations of shifts in the beta-sheet register of a protein-peptide complex using explicit solvent simulations.” Biophys. J. (2011) 100, 50-52. * Equal Contribution

Honors and Awards

Collaborative Research Grant, National Science Foundation (2018-2021)   

GAANN Fellowship, Rutgers University (2011-2015)

Graduate School Conference Travel Award, Rutgers University (2015)      

Reid Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University (2014)

Thomas Duff Graduate Travel Award, Rutgers University (2013)

Morgan Award for Outstanding First-Year Students, Rutgers University (2010)


Organizations & Memberships

American Chemical Society