People

Maria Laura Bolognesi

Maria Laura Bolognesi

Head of Laboratory

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, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 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 175 publications in high-ranked journals (h index = 45, May 2021), including patents and patent applications, and more than 70 invited talks worldwide.

Elisa Uliassi

Elisa Uliassi

Junior Assistant Professor

Elisa Uliassi received her Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2016 from the University of Bologna under the supervision of Professor M. L. Bolognesi. As part of her Ph.D. program, from 2014 to 2015, she was a visiting PhD student in Dr. K. A. Jacobson’s group at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, US). After defending her PhD on April 2016, she was a Temporary Research Fellow (assegnista di ricerca) in the Bolognesi’s group until 2018. At present, she is Junior Assistant Professor (fixed-term) at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology of the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on developing small molecules as chemical probes and preclinical candidates in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and neglected tropical diseases. She has been the recipient of Profutura research prize for young researchers (2014) and Maria Nelly Pigini award for the best poster presented at 33rd Camerino-Cyprus Symposium (2016).
Claudia Albertini

Claudia Albertini

Ph.D Student

CLAUDIA ALBERTINI obtained her M.Sc. degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology in 2018 from the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. Currently. She is a 2nd year Ph.D. (34th cycle) of the Biotechnological, Biocomputational, Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Science program, focusing on design and synthesis of new conjugates as tools to obtain a polypharmacological approach for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Her PhD project is titled "Polypharmacology by design: development of new conjugates for neurodegenerative diseases"

Jessica Caciolla

Jessica Caciolla

Postdoctoral Researcher

Alessandra Salerno

Alessandra Salerno

Ph.D Student

ALESSANDRA SALERNO obtained her MS.c in 2019 Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologies from the University of Bologna with 110/110 with honor. She spent a research period, finalized to the development of her Master thesis, at Universidad Complutense (Madrid) in the group of  Prof. J.C. Menendez, working on the synthesis of multi-target hybrids for the neurodegenerative disease. After the graduation, thanks to the Unipharma-Graduates Scholarship, she spent five months at KU-Leuven (Belgium) working in the field of photochemistry, to develop new synthetic strategies in continuous flow chemistry.  The current PhD project is focused on the design and synthesis of novel bifunctional compounds as potential treatment for neglected and neurodegenerative diseases.

PhD project title: "Design and synthesis of bifunctional small molecules for neglected and neurodegenerative diseases"

Francesca Seghetti

Francesca Seghetti

Postdoctoral Researcher

Federica Cavicchioli

Federica Cavicchioli

Master's Student

Ernesto Coletta

Ernesto Coletta

Master's Student

ernesto.coletta@studio.unibo.it

Eleonora Flauto

Eleonora Flauto

Master's Student

Benedetta Sacchetti

Benedetta Sacchetti

Master's Student

benedetta.sacchetti@studio.unibo.it

Andrea Signorelli

Andrea Signorelli

Master's Student

Giulia Varignani

Giulia Varignani

Master's Student

Emanuela Greco

Emanuela Greco

Master's Student

Maria da Conceição

Maria da Conceição

Visiting PhD Student from UFRJ

Former Master's Students (from 2017)

Licia Attaguile

Eleonora Testi

Giorgia Danti

Giulia Turrini

Silvia Atzeni

Marta Luciani

Alexia Mattellone

Giulia Basile

Emil Pegoretti

Davide Crociati

Carlo Faggiotto

Giulia Piazza

Luca Zambardi

Luca Santangelo

Nicolo' Sentinelli

Linda Piccari

Stefano Perna

Giulio Cardarelli

Stefano Emiliani

Stefano Emiliani

Master's Student

Margherita Chionsini

Margherita Chionsini

Master's Student

Lorenzo Montalti

Lorenzo Montalti

Master's Student