Graziella VECCHIO

Professor of [CHIM/03]
Office: Cittadella Universitaria, V.le A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania. Edificio 1 corpo B piano 1 Stanza 11 (B1/11)
Email: gr.vecchio@unict.it graziella.vecchio@unict.it
Phone: + 39 095 738 5064
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Office Hours: Friday from 09:00 to 13:00


Curriculum Vitae of Graziella Vecchio

Full Name Graziella Vecchio Date of Birth 17th March 1964, Genova, Italy

Email: gr.vecchio @unict.it, graziella.vecchio@unict.it

Education

 “Laurea” summa cum laude in Chemistry, University of Catania, 1988   

Fellowships

            1989-1991 Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Grant, Rome,

            1992 AID S.p.A. grant Visiting Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Catania

1992-1994 Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche - University of Catania   

Awards

1992 Premio Stampacchia, University of Rome.

1991 "Federchimica per un futuro intelligente"  (Milano) 1991.

1988 Consorzio Catania Ricerche  (Catania).

Professional Experiences

            2010- Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry (CHIM03) at University of Catania,

            2002-2006 Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry (CHIM03) at University of Catania

            1996 – 2001 Researcher at University of Catania (CHIM03)

            1997 University of Saarbrucken (Germany)

1994-1996 Researcher at CNR, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

1993  Qualification as Professional Chemist
 

Teaching career

            Bioinorganic Chemistry (degree in Chemistry)

            General Chemistry II (degree in Chemistry)

            Inorganic Chemistry (bachelor’s degree in Biomolecular Chemistry)

            Techniques for Biomolecule studies (master’s degree in Biomolecular Chemistry)

            Metallomics (master’s degree in Biomolecular Chemistry)

            Inorganic Chemistry II (bachelor’s degree in Chemistry)

            General Chemistry (bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences)

            Glycomics (master’s degree in Omics Sciences)

            Supervisor of many master’s degrees and 7 PhD thesis.

Research Projects

Responsible for University di Catania of PON03PE_00216_1 “Drug Delivery” (leadership FIDIA SUD) 2015-2022.

Responsible for University di Catania of PON01_01078 research project (leadership Wyeth Lederle)

Local coordinator of the University di Catania Research Unit of the FIRB project 2010 “Integrated Network for NanoMedicine – RINAME

Responsible for University di Catania of research project PRIN 2003

British Program coordinator in 2003

Member of several PRIN projects

 

Other activities

Member of Departmental Council 2015-2019

President of the Professor-Students Joint Committee (CPDS) of Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche   (2020-2024).

Board Member of International PhD committee in Chemical Sciences from 2010

Referee of international journals (RSC, ACS, Elsevier, Springer) and research projects

 

 

Research activity

Graziella Vecchio's research activity was mainly carried out in the field of bioinorganic chemistry. Particularly, her research activity is focused on the synthesis and characterization of functionalized cyclodextrins and their metal complexes. The functionalized systems have been studied as chiral receptors and metallo-enzyme mimetics. She has also worked on the design of glycoconjugates of metal chelators able to exploit the recognition ability of the sugar moiety for targeting biological systems The glycoconjugates of coordination compounds have also been investigated for biomedical applications (anticancer and antiaggregant agents, antibiotic adjuvants).

Recently she has been working on the synthesis of nanosystems based on cyclodextrins functionalized for their application as drug delivery systems and metallo-enzyme mimetics.  

Collaborations: Italian research groups, CNR, Sussex University, Maynooth University (Ireland), Some Italian Hospitals (Genoa, Crotone, Lecco, Trieste).

 

Publications

Graziella Vecchio is author or co-author of more than 126 articles published on peer reviewed international journals, that have received more than 3200 citations, and of 15 book chapters. Her h-index is 34 (Scopus).

She is also inventor in 3 Italian patents and 2 PCT extensions.

Academic Year  

Graziella Vecchio's research activity was mainly carried out in the field of bioinorganic chemistry. Particularly, her research activity is focused on the synthesis and characterization of functionalized cyclodextrins and their metal complexes. The functionalized systems have been studied as chiral receptors and metallo-enzyme mimetics. She has also worked on the design of glycoconjugates of metal chelators able to exploit the recognition ability of the sugar moiety for targeting biological systems The glycoconjugates of coordination compounds have also been investigated for biomedical applications (anticancer and antiaggregant agents, antibiotic adjuvants).

Recently she has been working on the synthesis of nanosystems based on cyclodextrins functionalized for their application as drug delivery systems and metallo-enzyme mimetics.