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Aldo Roda

Professor emeritus

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Aldo Roda

Laboratory of Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry

Department of Chemistry G. Ciamician,

Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

Via Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy

Phone and Fax +39 051 343398



Date of birth: 07/04/1949

Nationality: Italian


Current Position
- Full professor of Analytical Chemistry, “Giacomo Ciamician” Department of Chemistry,
Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna.

Education, Training, University Career
- (2012 - ) Coordinator of the PhD programme in Chemistry, University of Bologna.
- (1992 - ) Full professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Bologna.
- (1991 - 1992) Full professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Bologna.
- (1986 - 1991) Full professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Messina.
- (1981 - 1986) Researcher in Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Bologna.
- (1986 - 1991) Professore Ordinario di Chimica Analitica, Università di Messina.
- (1977) PhD in Analytical Chemistry, University of Bolo¬gna (Magna Cum Laude).
- (1973 - 1980) Research assistant, University of Bologna.
- (1973) DSc Degree in Chemistry, University of Bologna (Magna cum Laude).

Memberships in Professional and Scientific Societies (last ten years)
- (2015 - ) Vice Secretary of the “Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna”.
- (2013 - 2015) President of the International Society for Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence (ISBC).
- (2013 - ) Vice President of the “Istituto Nazionale di Biostrutture e Biosistemi” (INBB).
- (2010 - 2013) Vice President of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI).
- (2005 - 2013) Member of the “Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna”.
- (2003 - 2006) President of the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI).

Editorial Positions
- Co-Editor in Chief of "Luminescence - The Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence" (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).
- Editor of "Biosensors & Bioelectronics" (Elsevier)

Organizational and technical skills and expertise (selected)

- President of the XXVIIth National Congress of the Italian Chemical Society, September 16 - 20 2018, Bologna, Italy.
- Member of the Scientific commette of the 19th International Symposium on Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence, May 29 - June 2, 2016, Tsukuba, Japan.
- President of the XIIth International Symposium on Luminescence Spectrometry, September 7 - 11 2008, Bologna, Italy.
- Co-chairman of Analytical Chemistry session, 41th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, August 5 - 11, 2007, Torino, Italy.
- Member of the Italian expert panel of the Ministry of Industry for nanotechnology.
- Member of the International Scientific Committee for the Technology Development Competition Genome Canada.

National Public Research Funding (selected, last ten years)
- 2016 Bando Regione Emilia Romagna Por Fesr per progetti di ricerca industriale strategica rivolti agli ambiti prioritari della Strategia di Specializzazione Intelligente: “Valorizzazione sostenibile degli scarti della filiera vitivinicola per l’industria chimica e salutistica (VALSOVIT)”.
- 2009 Bando Regione Emilia Romagna “Dai distretti produttivi ai distretti tecnologici”: “Functional Foods and Global Health” (Associated Investigator).
- 2009 PRIN: “Integration of biosensing and nanotechnology for medical diagnostics with high analytical performance” (Principal Investigator).
- 2009 ASI (Italian Space Agency): “Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics of the adaptive response to microgravity and magnetic fields” (Associated Investigator).
- 2008 ASI (Italian Space Agency): “Real time monitoring of health status during MARS 500 human mission simulation” (Coordinatore Nazionale).
- 2007 PRIN: “Integrated analytical devices for rapid, on-site analyses (POCT: Point of Care Testing) in critical medicine” (Principal Investigator).
- 2005 COFIN: “Bioanalytical miniaturized multiplexed methods” (Associated Investigator).

International research funding (selected, last ten years)

- 2016 NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme: "Cell biosensors for detection of chemical and biological threats”.
- 2014 EU FP7 Capacities: “BIOtechnology for the recovery of valuable peptides from industrial RICE by-products and production of added value ingredients for nutraceuticals, functional foods and cosmetics (BIORICE)”.
- 2014 NASA - ESA (European Space Agency): “ISS Non-invasive Sample Investigation and results Transmission to ground with the Utmost easiness (IN SITU)” (Principal Investigator”.
- 2014 ASI (Italian Space Agency): “Modelli cellulari e tissutali bioluminescenti on ground e analisi proteomica funzionale per l’identificazione di target e pathways molecolari coinvolti nella motilità del sistema nervoso enterico in condizioni di microgravità (GUTBRAIN)” (Principal Investigator).
- 2011 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: “Gametocyte Assay for Malaria (GAM) for Novel Anti-Transmission Drugs” (Associated Investigator).
- 2010 IBMP (Institute for Biomedical Problems, Moscow, Russia): “Development of diagnostic methods based on portable devices for investigating the motility, functionalities, ecology and state of inflammation of the gastrointestinal systems of the crew members during the Mars500 isolation experiment” (Principal Investigator).
- 2008 ASI (Italian Space Agency): “Real time monitoring of health status during MARS 500 human mission simulation” (Principal Investigator).

International collaborations (recent)

- (2010 - ) Institute of Biomedical Problems, Moscow, Russia.
- (2004 - ) Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA.

Scientific Activity
- Development of immunoassays, gene probe assays and biosensors based on chemical luminescence.
- Development of ultrasensitive microscope imaging techniques for the localization of analytes in tissues or single cells
- Imaging in whole animals using genetically modified bioluminescent cells.
- Cloning of new bioluminescent reporter genes and their application in life sciences, environmental monitoring, toxicology and pharmacology.
- Analytical mass spectrometry (HPLC-ES-MS/MS, ESI-Q-TOF, MALDI-TOF, ¹³C/¹²C IRMS) for the identification and quantification of small molecules and proteins. Applications in environmental, biomedical, agrofood, pharmaceuticalcal and nutraceutical analysis.

Awards and Honors
- 2018 Award for scientific merit, "Compagnia dei Semplici di Bologna"
- 2017 "Mangia" Medal, Bioanalytics group, Analytical Chemistry division of the Italian Chemistry Society
- 2016 "Liberti" Medal, Analytical Chemistry division of the Italian Chemistry Society
- 2007 Journal cover of Analyst (issue 132, 519–523, 2007)
- 2005 Journal cover of Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. (issue 44, 3694-3698, 2005)

Ad Hoc Reviewer

- Invited reviewer of the most important journals in Analytical Chemistry, Biosensors, Materials, Medicine, Biochemistry.


- Analytical Chemistry in graduated courses, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry and Biosensors in post-graduate courses.

Bibliography & bibliographic indexes (source ISI web)

- Coauthor of more than 650 publications on international journals on Analytical Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry, Clinical Chemistry dealing with physicochemical properties of bile acids, development of novel bioanalytical methods, immunoassays, biosensors, luminescence-based bioassays and HPLC and separative sciences combined with mass spectrometry.
- H index: 59.
- Times Cited (without self-citations): more than 12000.

Invited lectures

- Invited speaker and/or lecturer at several National and International Conferences (more than 250 plenary lectures and keynotes)

- Author of more than 30 National and International patents on synthetic bile acids analogues, antioxidants and new luminescent tracers.