Faculty members

All faculty members are PhD students' supervisors and PI of chemistry or biology labs at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology.

Maria Laura Bolognesi

Maria Laura Bolognesi

Medicinal Chemistry

MARIA LAURA BOLOGNESI obtained a Master in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the Alma Mater - University of Bologna in 1990, and in Pharmacy in 1992. In 1991 she joined Sigma Tau Pharmaceutical Industries, Rome, as a Research Scientist. In 1996, she earned a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Bologna under the mentorship of Prof. Carlo Melchiorre. After postdoctoral studies at University of Minnesota in Prof. Philip Portoghese’s laboratory, she returned to the University of Bologna, where she is currently Full Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Director of the B2F2 PhD program, Vice-Director of Interdepartmental Centre for Industrial Research in Health Sciences & Technologies, and Rector Delegate for Latin America International Relations.

In 2009, she was selected as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and an Enseignante invitée at the Université de Caen Normandie in 2018.For the 2014-2017 period,Maria Laura was awarded a Special Visiting Researcher scholarship by the Brazilian government through Brazil’s Science without Borders program.

She is currently an Associate Editor of Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and sits on the editorial committees of several medicinal chemistry journals, such as ChemMedChem, Chemical Biology and Drug design, Future Medicinal Chemistry, Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry. Maria-Laura also serves on the Advisory Board of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry.

Her research spans the design, synthesis and pharmacological investigation of small molecules in the neurodegenerative and neglected tropical disease therapeutic areas. She has a track record of more than 160 publications in high-ranked journals (h index = 42, Feb 2020), including patents and patent applications, and more than 70 invited talks worldwide.

Anna Minarini

Anna Minarini

Medicinal Chemistry

Anna Minarini is currently Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology at the University of Bologna. She graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Bologna, in 1987 and received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1992 from the same institution. In 1990−1991, as a part of her Ph.D. program, she was a Visiting Researcher inD. J.Triggle’s laboratory at University of Buffalo (NY, U.S.). For the next six years she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Bologna. From 1998she is Associate Professor at theUniversity of Bologna where she teaches the courses of Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Analysis. From2005 to 2012, she was also a member of the Board of University of Bologna.Her research mainly focused on the development of selective antagonists for studying muscarinic and-adrenergic receptors. Her current research interest concerns the design and synthesis of small molecules to treat and studychronic degenerative diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer. The results of this research have been the subject of 102 publications, including original articles, patents, and books.


Maurizio Recanatini

Maurizio Recanatini

Computational Medicinal Chemistry

Full Professor at the University of Bologna since 2000, Maurizio Recanatini carries out his research in the field of the Computational Medicinal Chemistry. His interest is particularly devoted to the study of target biological systems through the use of computational tools (mainly, docking and molecular dynamics simulations) and to the design of biologically active molecules. Presently, his research is focused on molecular targets involved in cancer and channelopathies. His main bibliographic metrics (end of 2018) are the following: total number of papers: 165, h-index (Scopus): 45, total number of citations: ca. 6500.

Maurizio Recanatini graduated in Chemistry in 1978 at the University of Bologna, and improved his training through post-doctoral stages at the Institutes of Medicinal and Toxicological Chemistry of Bologna and Napoli, and at the Department of Chemistry of the Pomona College, Claremont, CA, USA. In 1983, he became Research Assistant in Medicinal Chemistry and joined the School of Pharmacy of the University of Bologna, working at the Institute of Medicinal and Toxicological Chemistry (then Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences). In 1992, he became Associate Professor at the University of Bologna, and since March 1st, 2000, he is Full Professor of Medicinal Chemistry.

Marinella Roberti

Marinella Roberti

Medicinal Chemistry

Marinella Roberti is Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistryat the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology,University of Bologna. Shegraduated with honors inPharmacy at the University of Bologna in 1986. As a part of her postgraduate training, she spent some years as a research fellow in Italian and American Institutions (University of Perugia, and Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville, FL. USA).

Her research field regards the design and the synthesis of biologically actives small molecules which can be eitherinnovative lead candidates or valuable chemical tools to study molecular pathways. Her expertise ranges from the classical asymmetric synthesis of natural compounds to the most innovative synthesis of libraries of natural-like compounds. The therapeutic fields of main interest is cancer.

Barbara Luppi

Barbara Luppi

Barbara Luppi is Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, Bologna University. The main research topic is the development of non-conventional dosage forms such as thin films, inserts, micro/nanoparticles and liposomes, obtained by suitable productive processes (solvent casting, freeze/spray drying, ionic gelation and thin film hydration), for the delivery of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), health-promoting bacteria and natural molecules. More recently, her research has focused on the use of biosurfactants produced by lactobacilli as new green excipients with multifunctional properties. She collaborates with international research groups and she is author of more than 60 international publications, 3 patents, 3 contributions to textbooks and more than 70 contributions to national and international conferences.

Giorgio Gallinella

Giorgio Gallinella

Present affiliation

  • Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna

  • Microbiology Unit, Policlinico S.Orsola.Malpighi, University of Bologna

Position and Educational

Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Bologna since January, 1st, 2004.

Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Bologna since April, 1st, 1998.

Speciality Degree in Microbiology and Virology obtained at the University of Bologna in 1997.

PhD Degree in Microbiological Sciences obtained at the University of Genova in 1993.

MD Degree obtained at the University of Bologna in 1989.

Scientific acitivty

The scientific research activity is addressed to the virology field, mainly devoted to the study of Parvovirus B19, a human pathogenic virus, as a model system. In this context, the research has mainly focused on:

  • the study and characterization of the viral genome, and the construction of recombinant virus

  • the study of viral and biological characteristics of the virus-cell interactions

  • the study of the pathogenesis, clinical and epidemiological aspects of infectious processes

  • the development of innovative methodologies and diagnostic assays

  • the development and evaluation of compounds with antiviral activity


Author or co-author of 110 publications (at December 2018) on journals with impact factor


1996 Diploma C.I.B. (Biotechnology Interuniversity Consortium Award)

2001 Abbott Murex Award (European Society for Clinical Virology)

Manuela Bartolini

Manuela Bartolini

Biopharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Analysis

Manuela Bartolini got her master's degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Bologna in 1998 and in 2003 she defended her PhD thesis. Since September 2014, she is Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology of the University of Bologna (Italy). As research training, Prof. Bartolini spent research periods at the Laboratory of Clinical Investigations, Gerontology Research Center - National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, USA (08-2001 to 04-2002) and at the Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Geneva University, Switzerland (2006). Main research interests of Prof. Bartolini are (i) the study of biorecognition phenomena involving targets of pharmaceutical interest with particular focus on Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes and colon cancer; (ii) the development of in vitro analytical approaches for application in drug discovery; (iii) development of enzyme-based microreactors for application in drug discovery, proteomics and glycomics.

Prof. Bartolini has established numerous international collaborations resulting in joint articles in high-impact factor peer-reviewed articles. Since 2014 she is member of the scientific and organizing committee of the Summer School on Pharmaceutical Analysis (SSPA); she is also member of the scientific committee of the international meeting on Recent Developments in Pharmaceutical analysis (since 2017), of the international symposium “Monolith Summer School and Symposium” (MSS) (since 2018) and of the MS Pharmaday congress (since 2018). Prof. Bartolinicurrently is member of the Expert Review Panel – Life Science at the National Science Centre in Krakov (Poland).

Prof. Bartolini is the author of 110 papers on peer-reviewed international journals, 2 chapters in books (ILM Publications and Società Editrice Esclulapio) and 2 international patents and several oral communications at international congresses. She is member of the editorial board of Chromatographia (Springer). Her h-index is 42 (Scopus) and her published papers have been cited more than 5300 times (Scopus).


Monica Forni

Monica Forni

Professore associato di Fisiologia Veterinaria dal 2001.

Si occupa di biologia delle cellule endoteliali e dei precursori staminali vascolari studiando le basi della fisiologia dello stress cellulare mediante modelli animali in vivo, ex vivo ed in vitro.

Responsabile del Servizio di Bioscienze e Biotecnologie del Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche Veterinarie.

Membro del CIRI Scienze della vita e tecnologie per la salute

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Associate professor in Veterinary Physiology since 2001.

The main research field is the biology of endothelial cells and of vascular precursors stem cells related to cell stress physiology in in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro animal models.

Head of Bioscience and Biotechnology Service of Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche Veterinarie.

Member of CIRI - Life Sciences and Technologies for Health.

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Moreno Paolini

Moreno Paolini

Molecular Toxicology

Graduating magna cum laude in scientific academic disciplines at the University of Pisa and Alma Mater Studiorum- University of Bologna, he was awarded grants by LILT, IMA, SIT, AIRC, UNIBO-PhD and CNR, and worked at The Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health - The University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston, Texas (A.Y. 1991/92, fellowship CNR). Associate Professor (1992-UNIBA, 1997-UNIBO) and full professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology (2001-) at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, Alma Mater Studiorum – UNIBO, teaching in Biological Sciences (Bachelor Degree) and Health Biology (Master's Degree). Chief in Health Biology (2001- 2012).

His researches focus on Molecular Toxicology in the field of  xenobiotic metabolism – at the genotype and phenotype level – on the mechanisms of oxidative protection of  biological systems and on toxicologial aspects linked to the new electronic nicotin delivery systems.

He has developed 3 theories,  5 patents  and published more than 518 papers (216 full papers, 66 short communications, 192 abstracts; 44 national journals; IF > 1,460; h-index 29, scopus december, 2018).

Nadia Passerini

Nadia Passerini

Nadia Passerini is Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Bologna (Italy). She obtained the Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Bologna in 1992 and the PhD in Pharmaceutical Science in 1997. In 1997 she spent four months as visiting scientist at the School of Pharmacy, University of London (UK) working in the group of Prof. D. Craig. In 1998 she won a one-year post-doctoral fellowship (Marie Curie Grant) at The School of Pharmacy, The Queen's University of Belfast (UK) where she worked again in the research group of Prof. D. Craig. From 1999 to 2014 she was lecturer, and from September 2014 she is Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Bologna.

Her research focus on the study of drug delivery systems, developing new technologies and new apparatus for the production of solid dosage forms (microparticles, granules and tablets) which can optimize the biovailability of drugs according to the specific needs of the therapy. Furthermore, she is interested in the solid state characterization (DSC, HSM, FT-IR, XRD, SEM) of the obtained drug delivery systems to correlate their physicochemical properties to the in vitro release of drugs. Currently her research focus on the formulation, production and characterization of microparticles producted by the spray congealing technology, on the development and optimization of granulation and coating processes and on the development of pediatric formulations.

Patrizia Brigidi

Patrizia Brigidi

Microbial Ecology of Health

Full Professor in Fermentation Biotechnology at the University of Bologna since 2008. Her research activity, documented by over 150 publications in peer reviewed journals, is mainly focused on the characterization of the human intestinal microbiota, in the perspective of its compositional and functional modulation to promote the host’s health. She has pioneered the use of probiotics for the treatment of patients affected by gastrointestinal disorders and contributed to the development of new probiotic strains. Currently, she leads and participates a number of European and national projects aimed at studying, by omics approaches, the relationship among diet, lifestyle and intestinal microbiome for the prevention of diet-related diseases and healthy aging.

She is Rector's Delegate for European Research, President of the Scientific Committee of the National Technological Cluster A.Food, Responsible of the Scientific activities of the National Agrifood Cluster – Area “Nutrition and Health”


Patrizia Hrelia

Patrizia Hrelia

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Full Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology (since 2001).

MS in Medicinal Chemistry (1981), Ph.D. in Cell Biology (1986) from the University of Bologna.

Visiting Assistant Professor (1987-1988), Adjunct Associate Professor (1991-201 1) and Adjunct Professor (2011-2014) to the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (TX) USA.

She  began her carrier at the University of Bologna as Assistant Professor (1990-1998), Associate Professor (1998-2001).

Director of the post-graduate School in Toxicology (2003-2005), Head of the Department of Pharmacology (2009-2012).

Coordinator of the PhD Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Human Development and Movement Sciences, University of Bologna (since 2013).

The research philosophy is a multidisciplinary approach to problems of preventive and traslational medicine.

The research is guided by three main objectives, which characterize the scientific mission, namely:

1) Multifunctional therapeutic strategies for chemoprevention of cancer and neuroprotection

 The principal task is to identify new preventive strategies for the reduction of risk factors associated to chronic degenerative diseases, such as cancer and neurodegeneration. The first contribution is the identification of critical biological targets and the understanding of the events with a pivotal role in cancer and the age‐associated neuronal loss in neurodegenerative diseases. The search is toward active chemopreventive and neuroprotective drugs that would prevent the progression of degenerative diseases, through the manipulation of endogenous cellular defense mechanisms by chemical inducers.

 In the context of neurodegenerative diseases, multipotent agents are exercised against the cascade of events leading to neurodegeneration in neurodegenerative diseases to identify the therapeutic window of activity.

2) Development of new cellular and molecular approaches in vitro and in vivo to detect and quantify the global cellular response to toxic stress, including measurements of apoptosis, specific metabolic capabilities and cell cycle effects, the activation of cellular death/survival biochemical pathways, miRNA analysis, to improve the identification of new preventive agents.

3) Development of methods based on biomarker analysis to improve assessment of human early biological response, susceptibility and risk and to determine the association with diet, cancer, ageing and genetic profiles. Definition of the scientific basis for the development of new diagnostic methodologies and novel therapeutic strategies.


Patrizia Romualdi

Patrizia Romualdi

Molecular Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology

Patrizia Romualdi is Associate Professor in Pharmacology (BIO/14) since 2001 at the Department of Pharmacology and from 2012 at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology.

Patrizia Romualdi graduated with Honors in Pharmacy at the University of Bologna in 1982. She was selected for a fellowship from Farmindustria in the years 1983, 1984 e 1985 and in December 1985 she was awarded by The Rotary Foundationt of the Rotary International with a fellowship to spend a year in USA. She moved to the Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences in Bethesda USA to work with Prof. Brian M. Cox (the discoverer of the endogenous opioid beta-endorphin), where she was then enrolledas an employee of the American governmentat USUHS until the end of 1987. She then achieved the Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Bologna in 1990 under the supervision of Prof. Sergio Ferri and working on the molecular mechanisms underlying the role of the endogenous opioid peptides in several CNS functions, both in in vivo and in vitro models.

On October 1990 she started her independent career at the Institute of Pharmacology of the University of Bologna , as Researcher (Assistant Professor). From 2001 she is Associate Professor of Pharmacologyat the Department of Pharmacology: now, since 2012, she is part of the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology. She has been member of the Academic Board of the PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology since 2001. Now, she is a member of the Academic Board of the PhD inBiotechnological, Biocomputational, Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences.

The main research interests focus on the regulation of gene expression in vitro and in vivo, with particular interest in transcriptional regulation of neuropeptides, opioids in relation to pathological conditions, such as chronic pain, substance use disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy. Her research contributed to the identification of common pathways in the mesolimbic-cortical brain regions involving the opioid system and activated by different drugs of abuse, such as opiates, cocaine, methamphetamines, MDMA and alcohol.

In recent years, her research activity has focused on the study of the epigenetic mechanisms regulating gene expression of several endogenous neuropeptides in pathological conditions such as chronic pain, substance use disorders, neurodegenerative diseases. In particular, the DNA methylation and the histone modifications have been investigated using in vitro and in vivo models of diseases. Moreover, the involvement of proteasome 26S in pain and drug abuse has been established by the study of gene expression regulation of the specific subunits and by measurements of 26S catalytic activity.

She has authored 107 papers on international journals as well as several book chapters.

She has tutored more than 100 Laurea and 30 Doctorate theses.

She has given several talks at Italian universities and foreign academic institutions , national congresses and international conferences .

Visiting Professor in 1992 at the NIH, Bethesda USA, at the Semmelweiss University School of Medicine (in 1996) in Budapest, Hungary, where in 2012 she was awarded the titol of Sodalem Honoris Causa of the Hungarian Academy of Science and she became an Onorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology .

She has contributed to several national and international research programs with funds from public and private sources.

Pier Luigi Martelli

Pier Luigi Martelli

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

LM got the PhD in Physics in 2001 at the University of Bologna.

He is Associate Professor in Biochemistry since 2015 and he coordinates the International Master in Bioinformatics.

His research interests are focused on the development of tools based on machine learning approaches for the prediction of structural and functional features of biological macromolecules starting from sequences (see http://biocomp.unibo.it/predictors).

http://biocomp.unibo.it/gigi/CVlastEN.pdf  for a complete CV.

Roberto Gotti

Roberto Gotti

Biopharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Analysis

Associate professor in Medicinal Chemistry (CHIM/08) at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology. The research interests are related to the general field of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis with main focus on sample preparation (solid phase extraction SPE, solid phase microextraction SPME) and separation techniques (LC, GC and Capillary Electrophoresis) also hyphenated to mass spectrometry. Applications of original separation methods are addressed to bioactive small molecules with emphasis on chiral compounds in pharma-, food and environmental samples. Author of more than 120 scientific publications and member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis (Elsevier).

Romana Fato

Romana Fato

Mitochondrial Bioenergetics and Biochemistry


  1. Master Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Chimica e Tecnologie Farmaceutiche)

on 28 / 02 /1980, summa cum laude, Faculty of Pharmacy University of Bologna

  1. PhD in Cell Biology and Physiology on 12 / 10 / 1988

Positions and Employment

1989-1991 Researcher, Italian Consortium Technology, Drugs, Aging (CITFI).

1991-2000 Technician, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Bologna

2000- 2013 Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Bologna

2013- Associate Professor of Biochemistry. Dept. of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna



Mitochondrial respiratory chain activity and oxidative stress

The research interest is focused on the study of biophysical and biochemical basis of mitochondrial bioenergetics.

The research work mainly concerns the study of the structural and functional organization of the respiratory chain. In particular, I have focused the research on the role of the coenzyme Q pool in mitochondrial electron transfer machinery. Coenzyme Q is an obligatory component of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, which accounts for its bioenergetics role. Moreover, CoQ has been associated with several important functions such as the regulation of the cytosolic NAD+/NADH ratio and ascorbate reduction, through the activity of the CoQ dependent NADH-oxidase of the plasma membrane. It is a modulator of the mitochondrial transition permeability pore (mPTP), is involved in gene regulation and displays anti-inflammatory effects by influencing the expression of NFκ-β1-dependent genes. CoQ in its reduced form is a powerful antioxidant whose efficiency depends on its intramembranous distribution and on the presence of many CoQ-reducing enzymes. Finally, the presence of CoQ is essential to maintain the integrity and functions of cell membranes. CoQ deficiencies are often associated with lowered cellular energy level and excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation. In the last years, the research interest was shifted on the study of the role of CoQ in metabolic reprogramming of cells in response to a mitochondrial impairment. In particular, we are interested in the study of the metabolic reshape in CoQ depleted cells. Mitochondria play a very significant role in metabolic flexibility of cancer cells in fact, contrary to the early hypothesis that associate impaired mitochondrial function with tumorigenesis progression, tumours are characterized by functionally mitochondria. There are many studies showing that cancer cells can switch between glycolytic and oxidative metabolism in a reversible fashion. The specific advantages of this metabolic switch are still unknown, although it is possible that this mechanism could favour the cell proliferation in hypoxic environments, conditions normally observed in solid tumours.

Research bibliometric parameters (updated on 14/02/2019)

Total items in Scopus 105

From Scopus

h- index 36

Total citations 3827

Total citations without self-citation 2906

Stefano Iotti

Stefano Iotti

Prof. Stefano Iotti, currently works at Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology of the University of Bologna coordinating the research group of Molecular Imaging, Biosensors and Cell Biology. He has co-authored more then 100 publications which garnered > 2900 citations (H-index=31) and more than 700 impact points. He is also co-inventor of 6 patents. He has contributed to the development of in vivo NMR spectroscopy in basic research and in diagnostic applications. His scientific activity ranged from organic and physical chemistry to biochemical thermodynamics. He contributed to the development ofa novel approach to simplify the treatment of the thermodynamics of complex systems.At present the research activity is devoted to the study of cell metabolism combining synchrotron X-ray fluorescence and the use of a novel class of fluorescent chemo-sensors.

He is Member of the National Institute of Biostructure and Biosystemsand has beenMember of the European Technology Platform on NanoMedicine. He has been appointed President of the Organizing Committee of the European Magnesium Meeting 2011 and to the International Society for the Development of Research on Magnesium Society Board. He is member of the Editorial Board of the international journals Magnesium Research and International Journal of Molecular Sciences. He gained a special mention from the international journal Account of Chemical Research.


Santi Mario Spampinato

Santi Mario Spampinato


Santi Mario Spampinato ha conseguito la laurea in Farmacia con il massimo dei voti e la lode presso l'Universita' di Catania nel 1977. Nel triennio successivo è stato borsista presso la Cattedra di Farmacologia e Farmacognosia dell' Università di Catania specializzandosi in Farmacologia. E’ stato poi "Research fellow" presso la Stanford University e da gennaio 1982 è entrato nel ruolo di Ricercatore universitario confermato per la disciplina Farmacologia. Ottobre1987-Dicembre 1988. È stato "Visiting Scientist" presso l’University of Michigan. Dal 1992 L 2001 è stato professore associato presso l’a Facoltà di Farmacia dell’Università di Bologna e dal 2004 professore ordinario. Dal 2003 al 2018 è stato Presidente di corso di studio, Direttore della Scuola di Specializzazione in Farmacia Ospedaliera e coordinatore di un Dottorato in Scienze Biotecnologiche. Dal Maggio 2018 è Direttore del Dipartimento di Farmacia e Biotecnologie dell’Università di Bologna.

Ha Partecipato ai progetti finalizzati CNR, dal MIUR e dall' Università di Bologna. Collabora con prestigiosi centri di ricerca nazionali ed esteri . Fa parte dell'Editorial Board" della rivista European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences e della rivista Heliyon di Elsevier.. E' autore di : 189 pubblicazioni apparse su riviste internazionali con comitato di redazione ; 170 comunicazioni a congressi. E' socio delle seguenti Societa' Scientifiche: Societa' Italiana di Farmacologia; Societa' Italiana di Neuroscienze; European Neuroscience Association; Society for Neuroscience; New York Academy of Science.

Interessi di ricerca: caratterizzazione di trasduzione mediata da recettori informazioni neurotrasmettitore, e la sua regolazione mediante le membrane cellulari; profilo analgesico di oppioidi e di altri neuropeptidi; internalizzazione, riciclo e signaling di recettori di membrana; caratterizzazione del recettore sigma (σ1) e suo ruolo nella regolazione delle funzioni vegetative; regolazione della trascrizione genica in cellule neuronali e non-neuronali di fattori di trascrizione mediante molecole di segnalazione; induzione di apoptosi in cellule immunitarie e produzione di citochine e chemochine nelle cellule immunitarie.

Alessandra Bisi

Alessandra Bisi

Medicinal Chemistry

Alessandra Bisi is currently Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology at the University of Bologna. She graduated with honours in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the Alma Mater - University of Bologna in 1988 and received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1993 from the same institution. In 1991, as a part of her Ph.D. program, she spent nine months in the Robin Ganellin’s laboratory at the University College of London (UCL, London, UK). From 1994 to 2001 she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Bologna. From 2002 she is Associate professor of the same university.

Her research activity is focused on the design and synthesis of bioactive small molecules, mainly bearing oxa- and aza-heterocyclic cores. In particular, the backbones of xanthones, flavones, chalcones and coumarins, identified as natural-derived privileged structures, when appropriately decorated, led to the discovery of valuable drug candidates for the treatment of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and neglected tropical diseases. In the last years, the multitarget approach has been applied to the drug design efforts, resulting in the identification of bioactive small molecules able to simultaneously affect different pathways involved in multifactorial pathologies. The results of these researches have been the subject of 109 publications in high-ranked journals (h-index 35, 3500 citations).


Silvia Turroni

Silvia Turroni

Associate Professor in Chemistry and Biotechnology of Fermentation, at the Unit of Microbiome Science and Biotechnology, Dept. Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy). She has over 15 years of experience in the compositional and functional profiling of the human microbiome and the exploration of its impact on health. She has strong expertise on next-generation sequencing technologies, including 16S rRNA gene sequencing and omics approaches, i.e., metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and, more recently, culturomics, as well as on microbiome-host interaction studies in ex vivo models. Her research activity is documented by >170 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and >150 participations in national and international congresses (of which >65 as invited speaker).

Emil Malucelli

Emil Malucelli

Associate Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology at the University of Bologna. She graduated in Information Technology from the Alma Mater - University of Bologna in 2002 and earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2007 from the same institution, under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Barbiroli. From 2006 to 2020 he was Assistant Professor and from 2020 he is Associate professor.


In the beginning, he has contributed to the development of in vivo Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to study the biochemistry aspects of different tissues. Particularly, using 31P phosphorus MRS he studied variation of free cytosolic [Mg2+] and pH in skeletal muscle at different metabolic condition and pathologic conditions. In addition, a relevant body of the research activity by NMR has been directed to the study of neurological disease using MR imaging to provide information on microstructural tissues alterations.

In the 2012 Prof. Malucelli has contributed to form the group of “Cellular Biochemistry, Molecular Imaging and Biosensors”, and he has focused his research activity in the field of biochemistry and cell biology developing the following research themes:

1) study of magnesium homeostasis and its role in some cellular processes such as drug resistance and osteoblastic differentiation. To this end, two-photon confocal microscopy, FLIM, flow cytometry, X-ray microfluorescence techniques were used;

2) design, development and application of new fluorescent chemosensors for the intracellular mapping of the magnesium cation;

3) evaluate the antiproliferative, proapototic and reverting effects of multiple drug resistance of new synthesized or natural molecules, in different tumor cell lines sensitive and resistant to doxorubicin (osteosarcoma and colon cancer) both in 2D and 3D cell culture;

4) cellular imaging with X-ray techniques generated by synchrotron light. This research activity aims to study at different levels of scale (micrometric, nanometric and atomic) the different cellular processes;

5) study the early stage of biomineralization bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells and osteosarcoma cells developing 3D co-culture system. The biomineralization is also studied in its most advanced stages in healthy and pathological human bone tissue (osteosarcoma and osteoporosis) exploiting the high brilliance and sensitivity of X-ray generated by Synchrotron radiation

Author of >70 publications referenced on SCOPUS and ISI web of Science, with over 1500 citations (H-index: 24 more than 350 impact points).

He participated >50 measurement campaigns (>30 of them as principal investigation) at different international synchrotron facilities: ESRF, France; APS, USA; PETRAIII, Germany; ALBA, Spain; ELETTRA, Italy; DIAMOND, UK)