I graduated in 2013 in a MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical technologies, throughout which I was able to build a strong foundation on Organic and Medicinal Chemistry. My dissertation project was on synthesis of novel PPAR-alpha antagonists, under the supervision of A. Ammazzalorso. During the project, I gained firsthand experience on small molecule synthesis, purification and characterisation.
After my graduation, I registered as a Pharmacist and worked for 2 years in a private Pharmacy. Thanks to this experience, I learned how to work effectively with people. I learned how to work as a team, as well as directing teams and holding a position of responsibility.
I successfully completed a MSc in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical sciences at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham. Here, I gained further experience in the field of Medicinal chemistry, as well as insights in Pharmacological testing of drugs. Most importantly, I gained more academic-oriented and work-oriented research skills, which translated successfully in my PhD. My dissertation research focused on synthesis and conjugation of a BODIPY dye, under the supervision of B. Kellam. This project allowed me to further implement my Medicinal Chemistry skills.
I joined the Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines CDT in 2017 at the University of Nottingham, where I undertook a first training project under the supervision of L. Buttery and M. Zelzer. This project focused on NCA polymerisation and in vitro testing of the polymers on primary cell cultures, in order to test new materials for bone implants. The second training project was in collaboration with Boots, under the supervision of N. Starr and D. Scurr. This project focused on the use of ToF-SIMS for imaging the penetration and degradation of an active through skin, when applied as a cream formulation.
My PhD project, started in 2018, is in collaboration with Evonik Industries, and under the academic supervision of G. Mantovani, S. Stolnik, P. Gerschkovich and C. Roberts. The work focuses on polymer synthesis and formulation.
While completing the writing for my PhD thesis (due 2022), I joined Lucideon as a Pharmaceutical Scientist. Here I will support the Pharmaceutical sector with my technical expertise.