Since 2000, Maurizio is Full Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Biotechnology Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Siena (Italy) where, from 2002 to 2008, he has covered the position of Head of Department and, from 2009 to 2012, the position of Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy. From 2008, he is Adjunct Professor in Temple University College of Science and Technology, Department of Biology, Philadelphia (USA). Maurizio obtained a degree with laude in Chemistry at University of Rome in 1974, and a PhD in 1979 at the University of New Brunswick (Canada). Between 1981 and 1987 he held a position at the University of Rome as a researcher in Organic Chemistry and as an invited researcher in Prof. S. Hanessian’s labs at the University of Montreal (Canada). His academic accomplishments include authorship of over 500 scientific papers, 10 publications on volumes, 26 patents, and over 250 proceedings at congresses, and membership of the Scientific and/or Organizing Committees of several scientific Schools and Meetings. He is an associate Editor of Medicinal Chemistry Letters (ACS) and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (ACS Publications), Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (ACS Publications) and Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry (Wiley). Prof. Botta’s achievements were recognized through five “Academic Development Program in Chemistry” Merck Research Laboratories Awards (in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002) and with the recent “Pietro Pratesi’s medal” for his research studies (Rende, September 2014 – XXV Congresso Nazionale della Società Chimica Italiana).
Since 2001 he is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Siena, now Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy. At University of Siena he served as Director of the Doctoral School in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2005-2008), as Rector Delegate for Research (2009-2012) and Director of the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy (2012-2015). Maurizio obtained a Doctoral Degree in Chemistry in 1979 at the Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Florence. He performed post-doctoral research at the Department of Organic Chemistry in Florence and at CNR, Institute for Heteroatom Chemistry (ICOCEA) in Bologna, (1980-1983), and University Chemical Laboratories in Cambridge (UK) with Dr. Ian Fleming (1984-1985). In 1983 he became Research Assistant at the University of Florence and in 1992 Associate Professor at the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Florence. In 1994 he became Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Science at the University of Sassari. In 1990 he got the "G. Ciamician" silver medal of the Organic Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society and in 2012 the annual Research Prize for Organic Synthesis from the Organic Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society. He has been responsible of a local unity of financed PRIN projects (2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009) and responsible of several project financed by private Italian and European societies as: Dipharma -Francis (Milano), Sigma-tau Farmaceutici, (Pomezia), Prestwick Chemical (Strasburg), Chemo (Madrid). He is associate member of CNR-ICCOM (Istituto sulla Chimica dei Composti Organometallici, Florence) since 2010. He is author of more than 220 papers on scientific journals in the field of organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry and medicinal chemistry, and 15 patents.
Dr. Docquier received an extensive training in both biochemistry and microbiology, and developed research projects focused on the molecular study of antibiotic mechanism of action and resistance, with a peculiar focus on β-lactamases, which he has been studying for 17 years.His main areas of research are the clinical aspects and molecular epidemiology of bacterial resistance to antibiotics; the functional and structural characterization of β-lactamases, most importantly metallo-β-lactamases and serine-carbapenemases, as effectors of β-lactam resistance in clinically-relevant Gram-negative pathogens and as targets for enzyme inhibitors; and the discovery, optimization and characterization of novel compounds with antimicrobial properties. Dr. Docquier is the author of 66 original articles published in international peer-reviewed journals (ISI h-index, 27), 4 reviews and two book chapters published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and Nova Publishing (NY, USA).He received awards from the American Society for Microbiology and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.He is a member of the editorial board of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Biochemical Pharmacology, and the European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology. He is also a member of the evaluation panels of several public research agencies
Fabrizio received a Ph.D. in Medicinal Sciences from the University of Siena in 1996. He is author or co-author of 142 papers and reviews in international journal, 17 national and international patents and more than 60 posters and oral communications.
Her tasks concern administrative processes and financial management, and management of human resource practices. Her activities mostly apply to the preparation of official documents such as agreements, reports, contracts, and payroll; management of supply processes, sales invoices and issuing refunds, credit recovery, sponsor visit organization, and dealings with accountants and suppliers. She is also responsible for invoice emission and management, Human Resources processes, stage/internship/job vouchers, internal documentation, and relationships with a Labour Consultant. Serena graduated with honours in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology in April 2004 at the University of Siena where she then obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2007. Over the course of her academic career, she spent four months at the Uppsala University (Sweden) working in the field of organic synthesis. From 2007 to 2012 she was a Research Assistant at the Department of Biotechnologies Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Siena. She is also co-author of 29 articles in peer-viewed journals.