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Maria Laura Bolognesi


Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology

Academic discipline: CHIM/08 Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Director of Single Cycle Degree of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies

Curriculum vitae


Place and Date of Birth: Teramo (Italy) – September 23, 1966;


Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology (cum laude), 1990, University of Bologna

Degree in Pharmacy (cum laude), 1992, University of Bologna

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1996, University of Bologna (supervisor C. Melchiorre)

Professional Experience:

Researcher at the Chemistry Department, 1991-1992, Sigma Tau Spa, Rome

Research fellow, 1994, Dept of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota (PS Portoghese’s lab)

Post-doctoral fellow, 1996-1998, Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Bologna

Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, 1998-2005, University of Bologna

Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, 2005-present, University of Bologna

National Academic Qualification as Full Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, 2014

Full Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, 2017-, University of Bologna

Research Interests:

Design and synthesis of small molecules as probes for the investigation of biological processes or as drug candidates for neurodegenerative and neglected tropical diseases. In particular, she is currently focusing her research efforts on the identification of multitarget and theranostic small molecules as innovative therapeutic tools. All these activities have resulted in the publication of 141 original papers in international journals indexed by Scopus (J. Med. Chem. (36); h-index = 36), 10 book chapters (edited by Royal Society of Chemistry, Wiley, Elsevier), 5 granted international patents, and in the delivery of about 60 invited lectures and seminars worldwide.


1991: “A. Pistani” Lions Award, as the best student from the Faculty of Pharmacy.

1991: “L. Pesci” Award for the best thesis in Medicinal Chemistry.

2003 and 2004: University Award for teaching excellence.

2009: Programa de Visitantes Distinguidos (Distinguished Visiting Professor), Universidad Complutense Madrid

2013-2017: Pesquisador Visitante Especial, Ciência Sem Fronteiras Program, CNPQ and CAPES, Brazil (Chamada 71/2013).

2018: Member of the Advisory Board of the European Federetion of Medicinal Chemistry

Professional Services

2006-Present: coordination of an Erasmus exchange program with the Universidad Complutense of Madrid.

2007-2009: member of the Faculty for the Doctoral course on Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems (Curriculum in Drug Discovery) at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste.

2010-2015: member of the Faculty for the Doctoral Course on Drug Discovery (School of Life and Humanoid Technologies) at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)/University of Genoa.

2011-Present member of the Faculty for the PhD Course in Structural and Functional Genomics at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste.

2012-2017: Scientific Committee, European School of Medicinal Chemistry, (Urbino, Italy)

2014-Present: member of the Faculty of the Joint PhD Programme in Molecular Biology at the SISSA of Trieste.

2016-: Director of Single cycle degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies – University of Bologna

Editorial, Refereeing and Reviewing Activities:

Associate Editor of Journal of Medicinal Chemistry: 2016-

In the Editorial Board of ChemMedChem, (Editorial Advisory Board), Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry (CNS Editor), Chemical Biology and Drug design, Future Medicinal Chemistry, Current Medicinal Chemistry, and Current Chemical Biology.

Peer reviewer for MIUR (I), Università di Torino (IT), Università degli Studi di Milano (IT), Istituto Pasteur- Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti (IT), Institut Pasteur (FR), Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FR), Hellenic Republic Ministry of Education Lifelong Learning & Religious Affairs (GR) , Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) of Hong Kong, South Africa Research Council, Czech Science Foundation (CZ), National Science Center of Poland (PL), Medical Research Council (UK), and Alzheimer’s association (USA) proposals.

Panel Member for the sub-area Medicinal Chemistry from the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Panel for the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) in 2012 and 2013.

Chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Panel for FCT in 2015.