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Curriculum update: January 2020

Franca Zanardi received her “Laurea” Degree in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Parma University in 1993 performing research on the synthesis and conformational properties of C-glycoconjugated porphyrins.

-She received her Ph.D. in Bio-organic Chemistry from Parma University in 1997 (with Prof. Giovanni Casiraghi) performing research on the exploitation of heterocyclic silyloxydienes en route to the synthesis of natural and unnatural nucleosides.

-She started her academic career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Parma in 1998.

-In March 2002, she was appointed  Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Parma (former Pharmacy Department, at present Food and Drug Department).

-In 2013 she obtained the national qualification to access Full Professorship in organic chemistry (2012 application).

-Since May 2019 she is Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Food and Drug Department of the University of Parma.

-She is co-author of 112 scientific publications in international chemistry journals and two patents. Four publications were cited as excellence scientific citations and hot papers.

-In 2017 she was the recipient of the Research Prize in Organic Chemistry-Life Sciences from the Organic Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society.

-She presented several communications at national and international conferences, including invited and keynote plenary lectures.

Appointments and duties at Parma University and in the scientific community include the following:

-Responsible of Quality Assurance (RAQ)  for the Pharmacy Course (2013-present);

-Member of the Examination Group for the Pharmacy course (2015-present);

-Reference person of the Department in favor of students with disability (since 1998-2012; 2013-present);

-Member of Teaching Committee of the Doctorate School "Drugs, Biomolecules and Health Products” (since 2011);

-Chairman of the Laurea Course "Scienze Erboristiche e dei Prodotti della Salute" (2007-2011) and coordinator of the Laurea Course “Scienze Farmaceutiche Applicate” (2009-2012);

- Member of the board of the Doctorate School "Design and Synthesis of Biologically Active Compounds” at the University of Parma (2007-2010);

- Member of the Scientific Committee of Chemical Sciences 103 of the University of Parma (2008-2013);

-Scientific reviewer of reputed international chemistry journals such as Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Nature Commun., J.Org. Chem., Eur. J. Org., Bioorg. Med. Chem., Tetrahedron, Synlett,. etc.

-Scientific reviewer of the Italian Ministry MIUR, and several Italian universities; independent expert for European Research and Innovation database (Horizon 2020).

-Academic Activities (since 1998): Organic Chemistry I (CTF Course); Chemistry of Naturally Occurring Compounds (SEPS Course), Advanced Organic Synthesis (CTF Course), Organic Chemistry Basics/Organic Chemistry (Pharmacy Course, 2011-present).

Her research interests focus on the synthesis of natural and natural-like small molecules and their applications in bio-organic and medicinal fields.In particular, she has been involved in the following projects:

-Small Molecules & Nanomaterials Serving Bio-medicine. Focus of the research is the creation of novel peptidomimetic ligands and their covalent or nanosized conjugates (liposomes, gold nanoparticles) addressed at specific integrin receptors and their biomedical applications in the field of target-directed anti-angiogenic and anti-tumor drugs.

-New Methodologies in Asymmetric Synthesis Merging Selectivity and Molecular Diversity Focus of the research is the design and development of new methods to selectively access collections of new natural or natural-like small molecules (mainly carbo- or heterocyclic) and their use as pharmaceutically and/or food relevant compounds. Main focus of the research is the design and synthesis of novel multi-site (pro)nucleophilic and (pro)electrophilic carbon matrices and their full exploitation in vinylogous and multivinylogous carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions.

-In recent past years, application of the vinylogy concept in asymmetric synthesis enabled us to access diverse collections of high-quality small-molecule scaffolds and targets ranging from fused polycyclic rings, steroid-like structures, functionalized indoles and oxindoles, dihydrocarbazoles, gamma butenolides, pyrrolinones, gamma-valerolactones.

-Discovery and Application of New Radioactive Diagnostic Tools. Focus of the research is the development of new precursors available for the incorporation of radioactive isotopes to be used in the noninvasive early diagnosis of diseases including tumors and tumor-related inflammatory processes.

Every day in the afternoon, by appointment only (via e-mail).

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Professor/Teacher

Lines of research

Her research interests focus on the synthesis of natural and natural-like small molecules and their applications in bio-organic and medicinal fields. In particular, she has been involved in the following projects: -Small Molecules & Nanomaterials Serving Bio-medicine. Focus of the research is the creation of novel peptidomimetic ligands and their covalent or nanosized conjugates (liposomes, gold nanoparticles) addressed at specific integrin receptors and their biomedical applications in the field of target-directed anti-angiogenic and anti-tumor drugs. -New Methodologies in Asymmetric Synthesis Merging Selectivity and Molecular Diversity Focus of the research is the design and development of new methods to selectively access collections of new natural or natural-like small molecules (mainly carbo- or heterocyclic) and their use as pharmaceutically and/or food relevant compounds. Main focus of the research is the design and synthesis of novel multi-site (pro)nucleophilic and (pro)electrophilic carbon matrices and their full exploitation in vinylogous and multivinylogous carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions. In recent past years, application of the vinylogy concept in asymmetric synthesis enabled us to access diverse collections of high-quality small-molecule scaffolds and targets ranging from fused polycyclic rings, steroid-like structures, functionalized indoles and oxindoles, dihydrocarbazoles, gamma butenolides, pyrrolinones, gamma-valerolactones. -Discovery and Application of New Radioactive Diagnostic Tools. Focus of the research is the development of new precursors available for the incorporation of radioactive isotopes to be used in the noninvasive early diagnosis of diseases including tumors and tumor-related inflammatory processes.

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Phone number
905067
Fax number

905006

Office location
Dipartimento di Scienze degli Alimenti e del Farmaco
Parco Area delle Scienze, 27/A
43124 PARMA