International Doctorate in
Structural Biology

PhD students


Andrea Baldi
title: Rational design, synthesis and screening of inhibitors in enzyme-mediated diseases
supervisor: Cristina Nativi
co-supervisors: Paola Turano and Stefano Roelens (INSTM - Chemistry Dept.)

Duygu Bayat
title: Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Human Milk Oligosaccharides analogues as NoV ligands
supervisor: Cristina Nativi
co-supervisors: Oscar Francesconi and Francesca Micoli (GSK Vaccines)

Jlenia Bindi
title: Interactions and mobility of biomolecules by integrative biophysical and relaxometric methods supervisor: Giacomo Parigi
co-supervisors: Enrico Ravera and Marco Fragai

Laura Cheti Baldaccini
title: Synthesis and binding studies of glycosyl constructs to address carbohydrate-mediated diseases
supervisor: Cristina Nativi
co-supervisors: Roberta Pierattelli and Francesco Berti (GSK Vaccines)

Cosimo Ciofalo
title: Machine learning and bioinformatics methods for the investigation of metalloproteins
supervisor: Antonio Rosato
co-supervisors: Claudia Andreini and Vincenzo Laveglia

Rosanna Cuccaro
title: Expression and characterization of proteins involved in cellular metal transport and redox processes
supervisor: Lucia Banci
co-supervisors: Francesca Camponeschi and Roberta Pierattelli

Adam Krzysztof Kubrak
title: Proton relaxivity of paramagnetic proteins and nanoparticles in confined environments
supervisor: Giacomo Parigi
co-supervisors: Marco Fragai and Pedro Sebastiao (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbona)

Siyu Lin
title: Expression and NMR Characterization of Labelled P Domains of Emerging NoV
supervisor: Marco Fragai
co-supervisors: Cristina Nativi and Linda Cerofolini

Martina Masini
title: Functional and structural characterization of metalloproteins and their interactions
supervisor: Lucia Banci
co-supervisors: Francesca Camponeschi and Francesca Cantini

Madalina Ranga
title: Pure proton-exchange based relaxation agent for MRI applications
supervisor: Giacomo Parigi
co-supervisors: Enrico Ravera, Zsolt Baranyai (Bracco Imaging SpA), Sophie Laurent (Université de Mons, Belgio)

Bianca Susini
title: Expression and characterization of proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases
supervisor: Marco Fragai
co-supervisors: Enrico Ravera and Linda Cerofolini

Giulio Tassini
title: Characterization of antibody-antigen binding interactions aimed to develop an In Vitro Potency Assay for Strep A vaccine
supervisor: Antonio Rosato
co-supervisors: Paola Turano and Francesca Necchi (GSK Vaccines)


Azzurra Costantino
Title: 19F in-cell NMR to investigate protein-ligand interactions in living human cells
Supervisor: Lucia Banci
co-supervisors: Vito Calderone and Enrico Luchinat

Francesco Currò
Title: Advanced structural and morphological characterization by NMR technologies of different bio-molecules and biotechnological systems
Supervisor: Marco Fragai
co-supervisors: Daniela Stranges (GSK) and Giacomo Parigi

Alessia De Santis
Title: Production of soluble proteins and metallo-proteins, potential pharmacological targets
Supervisor: Francesca Cantini
co-supervisors: Mario Piccioli and Simone Ciofi-Baffoni

Maria Anna Rodella
Title: NMR methods for structural biology: improved experiments and workflows
Supervisor: Roberta Pierattelli
co-supervisors: Rainer Kuemmerle (Bruker) and Isabella Felli

Martina Rosati
Title: Incorporation of natural and non-natural amino acids in human cells for advanced in-cell NMR labeling schemes
Supervisor: Lucia Banci
co-supervisors: Marco Fragai and Enrico Luchinat

Tessa Bolognesi
Title: Preparation and structural and dynamic characterization of biomolecules at the atomic level by means of cutting-edge biophysical and spectroscopic techniques for the study of biological processes at the molecular level
Supervisor: Roberta Pierattelli
co-supervisors: Isabella Felli and Marco Schiavina


Beatrice Bargagna
Title: Cellular processes for metal cofactors biogenesis and transport
Tutor: Lucia Banci

Letizia Fiorucci
Title: Field dependent effects in paramagnetic systems in theory and experiments
Tutor: Enrico Ravera, Co-tutor: Giacomo Parigi

Valentina Monaci
Title: Optimizing vaccine design for prevention of neonatal sepsis
Tutor: Francesca Micoli (GSK Vaccines Institute for Global Health), Co-tutor: Francesca Cantini

Lorenzo Niccoli
Title: Dynamic Nuclear Polarization at variable temperature for high magnetic field solid state NMR spectroscopy applied to the study of advanced materials and biomolecules
Tutor: Moreno Lelli, Co-tutor: Anne Lesage (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France)

Francesca Sacco
Title: Development of new biophysical methodologies for the characterization of biologics under the Quality by Design paradigm
Tutor: Fabio Baroni (Merck Serono SpA), Co-tutor: Marco Fragai

Giulia Roxana Gheorghita
Title: Expression and biophysical characterization of Siglec proteins
Tutor: Tommaso Martelli (Giotto Biotech), Co-tutor: Marco Fragai

Luis David Padilla Cortés
Title: Biophysical characterization of Siglecs and Siglec-sialoglycans complexes
Tutor: Marco Fragai

Francesco Bruno (PON DM 1061/2021)
Title: Automatized quantitative NMR for industrial applications
Tutor: Enrico Ravera

Naomi Anna Consoli (PON DM 1061/2021)
Title: Study and characterization of innovative materials for hydrogen storage through solid-state NMR, relaxometry and para-hydrogen technique
Tutor: Moreno Lelli



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