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Maria Paola Turina

Assistant professor

Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology

Academic discipline: BIO/10 Biochemistry

Curriculum vitae

First name: M. Paola

Family name: Turina

Born: Reggio Emilia, 14 January 1962

Adress: University of Bologna, Department of Biology, Via Irnerio 42, 40126 Bologna. Tel: 051-2091322.


July 1985: Master degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Bologna.

September 1985 - April  1987: Reaserch activity at the Institut for Cancer Research, University of Bologna, laboratory of Prof. S.Grilli, as recipient of a scholarship from the Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC). Research: mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis and set-up of in vitro assays for screening of chemical carcinogens.

April 1987 - February 1991: PhD work at the Department of Biology, University of Bologna, laboratory of Prof. B.A. Melandri. Research: bioenergetics of photosynthetic bacterial systems; catalytic and regulatory properties of the ATP synthase of the photosynthetic bacterium Rb. capsulatus. PhD degree in February 1991.

May 1991 - November 1995: Research activity as postdoctoral associate at the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, in the laboratory of Prof. R.A. Capaldi. Research: monitoring of conformational changes associated to the catalytic steps of the ATP synthase of E.coli by fluorescence labeling of site-directed cystein mutants; atomic force microscopy imaging of the isolated and reconstituted Fo sector of this enzyme.

November 1995 - present: Research Associate (class BIO/10), at the Department of Biology, University of Bologna. Research. Cloning and sequencing of the ATP synthase operon of Rb. capsulatus; site-directed mutagenesis of that enzyme and work on the kinetic of the mutant enzymes. Investigation of intrinsic uncoupling in the ATP synthases of Rb. capsulatus and E.coli. Isolation and reconstitution in liposomes of the ATP synthases from E.coli, spinach chloroplasts and Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitochondria, and study of the catalytic and thermodynamic properties of those enzymes. Study of the conformational dynamics of photosynthtic Reaction Centers embedded in saccharidic glass matrices.

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