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Research Interests

Synthesis of peptides by Conventional and Solid Phase methods and Synthesis of Heterocyclic Compounds.
a) Selective Ligands at Melanocortin Receptors;
b) Urotensin-II analogues;
c) Opioid peptides;
d) Integrin ligands;
e) Antimicrobial Peptides

Scientific Collaborations


Prof. Victor J. Hruby, Department of Chemistry, University of Arizona, on synthesis of new ligands at Melanocortin receptors.

Prof. William Lubell, Département de Chimie, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada

Prof. David Chatenet, Institut national de la recherche scientifique Centre INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier Université du Québec, Canada

Prof. Mauro Perretti  William Harvey Research Institute Charterhouse Square London EC1M 6BQ United Kingdom

Prof. Michele Caraglia, Second University of Naples, ITALY, Department of Biochimica, Biofisica e Patologia Generale



Present: Professor in Medicinal Chemistry,
University of Napoli “Federico II”
Full Professor in Medicinal Chemistry
Novembre 2001-December 2011 Associate Professor in Medicinal Chemistry
November 1999 – Assistant Professor in Medicinal Chemistry
November 2001 – University of Napoli “Federico II”
January 1998 – University of Arizona, Dept. of Chemistry, Tucson, Arizona (U.S.A.)
July 1999 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Research Advisor: Prof. Victor J. Hruby, Regents Professor of Chemistry.
1993 – 1997 Research scientist at Dept. of Pharmaceutical and Tox. University of Napoli “Federico II”.
1990 – 1993 Ph. D. student of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Toxicological Chemistry. Doctoral thesis on solid-phase synthesis of opioid Peptides and Pseudopeptides. March 1993.
1990 – 1992 Department of Pharmaceutical Science, University of Ferrara , ITALY , developing a research concerning the synthesis of analogue peptides of the Dermorphine and of the Deltorphines.
1988 – 1990 National Institute of Cancer in Naples , Department of Nuclear Medicine, radiochemist of the P.E.T.