I am a medicinal chemist with expertise in chemical biology, antibacterial and cancer chemotherapy, and the study of natural products as templates for future drug design.
Emphasis is given to the rational design, synthesis and bioassay-guided evaluation of “small-molecule” anticancer/antibacterial compounds, which are designed to interact with an individual protein target or predetermined DNA sequence. I am also interested in natural products isolation and purification from plants.
I graduated in Pharmacy from the University of Palermo, Italy, and then gained a PhD in medicinal chemistry at the UCL School of Pharmacy, London, where I was also appointed a Maplethorpe Postdoctoral Fellow.
I am a General Pharmaceutical Council registered pharmacist and I have spent some years working in community pharmacies.