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LORELLA FRANZONI - Curriculum Vitae


• Born on August 27th, 1959, in Parma (Italy).
• Student worker, she graduated with full marks and honours at the University of Parma first in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1987 and then in Pharmacy in 1989.
• She received her PhD in Biophysics in 1994 at the University of Genova.


1988-1990: postgraduate fellow at the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Parma.
1990-1993: she attended the Doctorate Course in Biophysics at the University of Genova.
1993-1999: postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Parma.
1999-2004: Researcher at the SAME Institute, since 2000 was Department of Experimental Medicine (Section of Chemistry and Structural Biochemistry), Faculty of Medicine, University of Parma.
2004-present: Associate Professor of Biochemistry, same Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Parma; since 2012 is Department of Biomedical, Biotechnological and Translational Sciences (S.Bi.Bi.T.). Since 2017 is Department of Medicine and Surgery.
2013-present: member of the University Centre for International Cooperation (CUCI). Board member since February 2014.
December 2013-present: Rector Delegate for the “Right to education and student welfare”.
A.Y. 2013-2014-present: President of the Master in “International health and medicine for cooperation with developing countries”, co-financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
April 2014-present: member of the University Project Committee "BRICs. Improving the internationalization process, in terms of didactics and research, in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Next11".
June 2014-present: board member of ER.GO, the Regional Authority for the right to higher education in Emilia Romagna.
January 2016-present: President of the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery.
April 2016-present: board member of Cariparma Foundation.
July 2016-present: board member of the “Centre for education and research on organization, quality and sustainability of health systems”.


1989: visiting Scientist at the Lab. of NMR and Data Processing, University of Syracuse, N.Y. (U.S.A.).
1997-2001: she has benefitted in several occasions from the access to the EU Large Scale Facility for NMR in Life Sciences at the University of Frankfurt (Germany), where she improved her knowledge regarding the use of NMR techniques to study proteins structure and dynamics.
2002-2004: visiting Researcher at the Center for Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance (BMRZ), University of Frankfurt (Germany).
2003-2005: visiting Researcher at the National Institute of Chemistry, (Lab. of Molecular Modelling and NMR spectroscopy and Lab. of Biotechnology), Ljubljana (Slovenia), within a bilateral project.
2008: visiting Professor at the "EU Research Infrastructure HWB-NMR", University of Birmingham (UK), for research activity.
2008-2012: visiting Professor at the "Max Planck Research Unit for Enzymology of Protein Folding", Halle (Germany), for scientific collaboration.
December 2012 - January 2013: mission to the Sahrawi refugee camps in the Algerian desert, to train operators of the Laboratory of medicines production.
January 2014: mission in rural villages in Senegal (Thiès Region), to investigate the region's needs in the pharmaceutical and health field.
December 2014: mission in Myanmar, to investigate the region's needs in the health field.
Business trips to: Turkish (Pamukkale University, November 2014), Cuba and Perù (National University of Piura, July 2015), Brasil (University FASIPE at Sinop, August 2016), to discuss collaboration agreement.


The main research projects focused on the study of the structure-function relationship of bioactive peptides and proteins by means of spectroscopic techniques (circular dichroism, fluorescence, and mainly NMR) and computational methods.
-- Bioactive peptides: (a) Bombesin-like peptides (bombesin, litorin, GRP, dynorphin); (b) opioid peptides (dermorphin and deltorphin); (c) fragments of the AT1A receptor of the angiotensin II; (d) antigenic peptides derived from the protein B13 of Trypanosoma cruzi; (e) fragments of the human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor (aFGF); (f) fragments of the alpha1B-adrenergic receptor.
-- Proteins: (a) Thioredoxin; (b) Major Urinary Protein (MUP); (c) toxins from the venom of snakes and scorpions (crotamine from Crotalus durissus terrificus, alpha-KTx12.1 from the scorpion Tityus serrulatus); (d) transglutaminase; (e) Cellular Retinol-Binding Proteins (CRBP-I and CRBP-II); (f) proteins belonging to the cerato-platanin family, produced by pathogenic fungi.


• Prof. Ulrich L. Günther, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham (UK);
• Dr. Primož Pristovšek, Lab. of Biotechnology at National Institute of Chemistry and Slovenian Research Agency, Ljubljana (Slovenia);
• Dr. Christian Lücke, Max Planck Research Unit for Enzymology of Protein Folding, Halle (Germany);
• Prof. F. Javier Luque, Dr. Axel Bidon-Chanal, Computational Biology and Drug Design Group, University of Barcelona (Spain);
• Prof. Aldo Campana, Dr. Karim Abawi, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Geneva (Switzerland).


• Chemistry in the single-cycle degree course of Odontoiatry and Dental Prosthesis.
• Chemistry and Propedeutical Biochemistry in the single-cycle degree course of Medicine and Surgery.
• Molecular and Applied Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics in the first degree course of Biomedical Laboratory Technicians, until A.Y. 2015-16.
• Biochemistry in the first degree course of Medical Radiology Technicians.
• Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecules in the specialistic degree course of Medical, Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies.


• 2011-present: training coordinator in projects, (co-funded by the Emilia Romagna regional government), aimed at increasing the availability and rational use of essential medicines that are locally produced in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria.

• 2013-present: she is involved in decentralized cooperation projects, (co-funded by the Emilia Romagna regional government), aimed at increasing economic growth, at improving basic education and primary health-care access in rural villages in Senegal (Thiès region), with special attention to women’s empowerment.


She is engaged in volunteering, holding training courses on topics regarding pharmaceutical education, healthcare, welfare and science, in Schools, to members of voluntary Associations and social communities.

Completion accademic year: 2020/2021

Completion accademic year: 2019/2020

Completion accademic year: 2018/2019

Completion accademic year: 2017/2018

Completion accademic year: 2016/2017

Completion accademic year: 2015/2016

Completion accademic year: 2014/2015

Completion accademic year: 2013/2014

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