OutreachOutreach working group
The Outreach working group is deputed to the organisation and scheduling of Institute seminars, also interacting and integrating with external scientific seminars. The GdL menages also the press and social media comunication concerning the Institute's activities, the partecipation to scientific initiatives and local or national technological transfer activities that require the exposition of the Institute's reserach activity.
Dr Daniela Castiglia graduated in Biology cum laude at the University of Naples, Federico II in 2008. Dr Castiglia earned a PhD in Applied Biology at the same university in 2012 discussing a thesis entitled “Cytosolic Glucose-6P dehydrogenase in barley: Overexpression, characterization and regulation by biotic stress and sugar sensing”, working for the Plant Physiology group (Principal Investigator, Prof. Sergio Esposito). The research activity focused on the molecular and biochemical characterization of proteins involved in the primary metabolism of plants and in defense mechanisms counteracting biotic and abiotic stresses. During her PhD programme, Dr. Castiglia was a guest at the Plant Biology Institute of the University of Zurich, hosted by Prof. Beat Keller. From April 2013, Dr Castiglia was postdoctoral researcher at the CNR-IBBR of Portici, where her research activity focused on biotechnological applications of recombinant proteins expressed in plants. These activities were mainly focused on industrial, energetic and bioconversion processes (Principal Investigator, Dr. Nunzia Scotti). In July 2020, Dr Castiglia started work as a Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, Institute of biomolecular chemistry, (CNR-ICB), in Pozzuoli. She is currently working on biotechnological applications of diatoms.Skills Microalgae Diatoms Chemicalbiology Chloroplast transformation Recombinant proteins Publications
1_Cardi M*, Castiglia D*, Ferrara M*, Guerriero G*, Chiurazzi M, Esposito S. (2015) The effects of salt stress cause a diversion of basal metabolism in barley roots: possible different roles for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase isoforms. *: joint first authors. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 86: 44-54 DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2014.11.001
2_Basile A, Sorbo S, Cardi M, Lentini M, Castiglia D, Cianciullo P, Conte B, Loppi S, Esposito S. (2015). Effects of heavy metals pollution on ultrastructure and HSP70 induction, in Lemna minor L. exposed along Sarno River (Italy). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 114: 93-101 DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2015.01.0093_Castiglia D, Sannino L, Marcolongo L, Ionata E, Tamburino R, De Stradis A, Cobucci-Ponzano B, Moracci M, La Cara F, Scotti N. (2016) High-level expression of thermostable cellulolytic enzymes in tobacco transplastomic plants and their use in hydrolysis of an industrially pretreated Arundo donax L. biomass. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 9(1), 154. DOI:10.1186/s13068-016-0569-z 4_Castiglia D, Leone S, Tamburino R, Sannino L, Fonderico J, Melchiorre C, Carpentieri A, Grillo S, Picone D, Scotti N (2018) High-level production of single chain monellin mutants with enhanced sweetness and stability in tobacco chloroplasts. Planta 248, 465–476. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00425-018-2920-z 5_Castiglia D, Landi S, Esposito S. (2021) Advanced Applications for Protein and Compounds from Microalgae. Plants (Basel) 10(8):1686. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10081686 Contacts MAIN RESEARCH SITE, POZZUOLI email@example.com (+39) 081 867 5182 ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9794-8644 MDPI Researchgate View curriculum
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Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences on 04/03/2005 at the University of Catania.
Degree in Chemistry (specialization in Biomolecular Chemistry) on 07/12/2000 at the University of Catania.
• May 2014 – currently Researcher at C.N.R. – Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry – branch of Catania (Permanent Researcher since 30 November 2018).
His research is mainly focused on the field of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry:
• Design and preparation of calixarene derivatives, their characterization and molecular properties, study of their assembling and biomolecular recognition capabilities.
• Design and preparation of biocompatible and amphiphilic constructs based on calixarene macrocycles, development of physico-chemical protocols for the aggregation of these constructs in nanostructured systems (such as drug nanocontainers, nanocarriers, etc.) and characterization of the nanosystems (size, Z potential, drug loading, etc.).
And in the Agri-Food sector:
• Realization and characterization of nanostructured systems (biocompatible and biodegradable nanoparticles) containing active ingredients of nutritional and biological interest.
• Analytical studies, such as the determination of antioxidant activity, total amount of polyphenols, and individual components.Skills Supramolecular Chemistry
Biocompatible and eco-friendly Nanocapsules
Food Chemistry Publications
G. Granata, S. Petralia, G. Forte, S. Conoci, G. M. L. Consoli. “Injectable supramolecular nanohydrogel from a micellar self-assembling calixarene derivative and curcumin for a sustained drug release”. Materials Science and Engineering C, 2020, 111, 110842.
G. Granata, S. Stracquadanio, M. Leonardi, E. Napoli, G. M. L. Consoli, V. Cafiso, S. Stefani, C. Geraci “Essential oils encapsulated in polymer–based nanocapsules as potential candidates for application in food preservation”. Food Chemistry 2018, 269, 286–292.
G. Granata, G. M. L. Consoli, R. Lo Nigro, C. Geraci. “Hydroxycinnamic acids loaded in lipid-core nanocapsules”. Food Chemistry 2018, 245, 551–556.
G. Granata, I. Paterniti, C. Geraci, F. Cunsolo, E. Esposito, M. Cordaro, A. R. Blanco, S. Cuzzocrea, G. M. L. Consoli. “Potential eye drop based on a calixarene nanoassembly for curcumin delivery: enhanced drug solubility, stability, and antiinflammatory effect”. Mol. Pharmaceutics 2017, 14, 1610−1622.
G. M. L. Consoli, G. Granata, G. Fragassi, M. Grossi, M. Sallese, C. Geraci. “Design and synthesis of a multivalent fluorescent folate-calixarene conjugate: cancer cell penetration and intracellular localization”. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015, 13, 3298–3307.
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Laura Siracusa obtains her PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1999 defending a thesis on “Phosphorous containing organic compounds with potential antitumor activity”. In 2000-2001, she is a post-doc research assistant at Trinity College Dublin (TCD, Ireland) then at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Bristol (UK), working on cholic acid-based supramolecular chemistry under the supervision of Prof. A.P. Davis . Back to Italy and after a couple of years as research assistant at ICB-CNR and University of Catania, she joins the ICB-CNR “Natural Products and Food Chemistry” team as tenured researcher in January 2008. She is adjunct Professor of Phytochemistry (Department of Drug Science) and Food Chemistry (Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment) at the University of Catania. From year 2020, she is qualified as Associate Professor in the scientific area CHIM/10 (Food Chemistry).Skills Metabolic profiling
Analysis of complex matrices
Targeted and untargeted multi instrumental food analysis Publications
Venera Russo, Alberto Continella, Carmelo Drago, Alessandra Gentile, Stefano La Malfa, Claudio Giovanna Leotta, Luana Pulvirenti, Giuseppe Ruberto, Giovanni Mario Pitari, Laura Siracusa. Secondary metabolic profiles and anticancer actions from fruit extracts of immature pomegranates. PLoSONE 2021, 16, e0255831.
Cristina Patanè, Salvatore L. Cosentino, Silvio Calcagno, Luana Pulvirenti, Laura Siracusa. How do sowing time and plant density affects the pigments safflomins and carthamin in the florets of safflower? Industrial Crops and Products 2020, 148, 112313.
Laura Siracusa, Cristina Patané, Valeria Rizzo, Salvatore Luciano Cosentino, Giuseppe Ruberto. Targeted secondary metabolic and physico-chemical traits analysis to assess genetic variability within a germplasm collection of “long storage” tomatoes. Food Chemistry 2018, 244, 275-283.
C. Pannitteri, A. Continella, L. Lo Cicero, A. Gentile, S. La Malfa, E. Sperlinga, E.M. Napoli, T. Strano, G. Ruberto, L. Siracusa. Influence of postharvest treatments on qualitative and chemical parameters of Tarocco blood orange fruits to be used for fresh chilled juice. Food Chemistry 2017, 230,441-447.
Laura Siracusa, Fabio Gresta, Giovanni Avola, Emidio Albertini, Lorenzo Raggi, Gianpiero Marconi, Giuseppe Ruberto. Agronomic, chemical and genetic variability of saffron of different origin by LC-UV-VIS-DAD and AFLP analyses. Genetic Resources Crop Evolution 2013, 60, 711-721.
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Dr. Stefano Tartaggia received his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Environmental Compatibility in 2007 and his PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2011 at the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice. During his doctoral studies, he performed part of his research work at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. From 2011 to 2015, he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice to develop advanced synthetic methodologies for the preparation of active pharmaceutical ingredients in collaboration with industry partners. From 2015 to 2020, he was employed at the National Cancer Institute CRO Aviano, where he designed new biosensing platforms for the therapeutic monitoring of anticancer drugs and circulating biomarkers aimed at improving the efficacy of anticancer therapies. From 2020 to 2022, he worked within important food and pharmaceutical corporates, covering the roles of chemical analyst and R&D scientist to develop analytical methods and innovative industrial processes for the manufacturing of generic drugs. In 2022, he joined the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry of the National Research Council in the Padua site, where he currently work on the synthesis and characterization of functionalized peptides.Skills Organic synthesis Active pharmaceutical ingredients Surface plasmon resonance Analytical method development Aptamers Bioconjugation Publications Tartaggia, S.; Meneghello, A.; Bellotto, O.; Poetto, A.S.; Zanchetta, M.; Posocco, B.; Bunka, D.; Polo, F.; Toffoli, G. “An SPR Investigation Into The Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Of The Anticancer Drug Imatinib With Selective Aptamers Operating In Human Plasma” Analyst 2021, vol. 146, pp. 1714-1724. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0AN01860K Dinel, M. P.; Tartaggia, S.; Wallace, G. Q.; Boudreau, D.; Masson, J. F.; Polo, F. “The Fundamentals Of Real-Time Surface Plasmon Resonance/Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence” Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019, vol. 58, pp. 18202-18206. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201909806 Tartaggia, S.; Alvau, M. D.; Meneghello, A.; Casetta, B.; Polo, F.; Toffoli, G. “Practical Fluorimetric Assay for the Detection of Anticancer Drug SN-38 In Human Plasma”, Journal Of Pharmaceutical And Biomedical Analysis 2018, vol. 159, pp. 73-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpba.2018.06.032 Tartaggia, S.; Fogal, S.; Motterle, R.; Ferrari, C.; Pontini, M.; Aureli, R.; De Lucchi, O. “Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of d-keto-b-hydroxy Esters as Useful Intermediates for Preparing Statins”, European Journal Of Organic Chemistry 2016, pp. 3162-3165. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejoc.201600268/full Tartaggia, S.; Ferrari, C.; Pontini, M.; De Lucchi, O. “A Practical Synthesis of Rosuvastatin and Other Statin Intermediates”, European Journal Of Organic Chemistry 2015, pp. 4102-4107. http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ejoc.201500356 Contacts RESEARCH SITE OF PADOVA email@example.com (+39) 0498275246 ORCID: 0000-0003-4835-058X View curriculum
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Valeria Ugone was born on December 26th, 1988.
She graduated in Chemical Sciences cum laude at the University of Sassari in 2013.
She got the Ph.D. degree (Doctor Europaeus) in Chemical Sciences and Technologies at the University of Cagliari in 2017 with a thesis entitled “Synthesis, characterization and biospeciation of vanadium compounds with potential pharmacological activity”.
In 2016 she did an internship at the Cardiff University School of Chemistry working on the study of the interaction between vanadium compounds and proteins by mass spectrometry techniques.
From 2017 to 2019 she was a collaborator at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sassari, within the project “Diabetes and Sardinia: a chemical approach using metal complexes”.
In 2018 she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CDMX, Mexico), participating in the project “Soft functional materials for tissue engineering and controlled drug release”.
From July 2020 she is a researcher at the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry (ICB-CNR) in the section of Sassari. Her research activity concerns the understanding of biospeciation of potential metallodrugs through the combined application of experimental (ESR, ESI-MS, UV-Vis) and computational (DFT) techniques.Skills Bioinorganic chemistry
Electron Spin Resonance
DFT calculations Publications
- V. Ugone, D. Sanna, S. Ruggiu, G. Sciortino, E. Garribba, Covalent and non-covalent binding in vanadium–protein adducts, (2021) Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 8 (5), 1189 – 1196. DOI: 10.1039/d0qi01308k.
- V. Ugone, D. Sanna, G. Sciortino, D.C. Crans, E. Garribba, ESI-MS Study of the Interaction of Potential
- Oxidovanadium(IV) Drugs and Amavadin with Model Proteins, (2020) Inorganic Chemistry, 59, 9739-9755. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c00969.
- V. Ugone, D. Sanna, G. Sciortino, J.-D. Maréchal, E. Garribba, Interaction of Vanadium(IV) Species with Ubiquitin: a Combined Instrumental and Computational Approach, (2019) Inorganic Chemistry, 58, 8064-8078. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00807.
- D. Sanna, V. Ugone, G. Micera, T. Pivetta, E. Valletta, E. Garribba, Speciation of the Potential Antitumor Agent Vanadocene Dichloride in the Blood Plasma and Model Systems, (2015) Inorganic Chemistry, 54 (17), 8237-8250. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b01277.
- D. Sanna, V. Ugone, G. Micera, E. Garribba, Temperature and solvent structure dependence of VO2+ complexes of pyridine-N-oxide derivatives and their interaction with human serum transferrin, (2012) Dalton Transactions, 41 (24), 7304-7318. DOI: 10.1039/c2dt12503j.
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Antonio GrecoTechnical assistant
Antonio Greco obtained a scientific high school diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications in 1995 followed by the professional qualification of “Web Developer” in 2007.
Since 2012 he has been an employee of the CNR, working at the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry, branch of Catania, where he has mainly been involeved to the design and graphical creation of brochures, posters, catalogs, leaflets, posters, roll-ups. Antonio has also been the referent in the structural and graphical design of web pages to support conferences, courses, research projects, publications and magazines acitivities whose aim to give visibility of the institute itself as well as the dissemination and advertising of events and activities developed among the four Institute’s branch. He has been responsible for the design, implementation and continuous updating of the website dedicated to the ICB branch of Catania and He is currently the referent in the ongoing renovation project of the single site of the Institute www.icb.cnr.it.
Moreover, at Catania’s brach, he lends support to the administrative activity by dealing with the management of the protocol activity; the administrative procedures for the disposal of special waste, the preparation of their related internal management regulations, the updating of the “loading and unloading” registers and the predisposition of its annual MUD report. Finally, he is the person in charge for the inventory as well as a treasurer of the financial fund of Catania’s branch; and he is also an instructor point for MEPA orders and technical assistant to the RUP in the preparation of purchases for the institute.Skills Graphic design
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Maria SerraTechnical assistant
Graduated in Biotechnology in 2009, at the University of Sassari, with a thesis entitled “Influence of melatonin in the medium of maturation on the development of ovine oocytes”. Since 2010 she has been CTER of the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry of the CNR, UOS Sassari. She deals with scientific communication and dissemination of ICB results. SMM of the Institute, contact person for the Press Office of the CNR and collaborator for school-work alternation activities; sh is currently involved in a project with the Cancer Genetics Unit entitled “genetic analysis on human tumors”.Skills Scientific publication
Cell culture Publications
- Antiproliferative activity of vanadium compounds: effects on the major malignant melanoma molecular pathways https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31490510/
- Antitumoral effect of vanadium compounds in malignant melanoma cell lines https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28558258/
- Speciation of potential anti-diabetic vanadium complexes in real serum samples https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28499214/
- Synthesis of Nitric Oxide Donors Derived from Piloty’s Acid and Study of Their Effects on Dopamine Secretion from PC12 Cells https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28872590/
- Biorelevant reactions of the potential anti-tumor agent vanadocene dichloride https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27121101/
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