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Alessandro D’Urso
University of Catania
Naples
Biography
Prof. Alessandro D’Urso is associate professor at Chemical Science Department of University of Catania. His research activity is mainly focused on Interactions of water-soluble porphyrinoids with biomolecules, as inhibitors of proteasome and as chiroptical reporters of nucleic acids conformations. He got the PhD in Chemistry in 2010 at University of Catania under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Purrello. In 2009 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Wyoming (Supervisor: Prof. Milan Balaz) working on chiroptical sensors for Z-DNA. In 2010 he was invited as a research assistant at the Chemistry Department of Doane College (Prof. Andrea Holmes). Then in 2012 he has been a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University, Chemistry Department in the lab. of Prof. Koji Nakanishi and Prof. Nina Berova working on “stereochemical studies on the interactions between metalloporphyrin sensors and DNA oligonucleotides. In 2012 he got national grant FIRB 2012 as principal investigator, with the project ”Spectroscopic and Structural Characterization of Proteasoma Inhibitors”. He has been awarded with: 1) “SPP/JPP Young Investigator Award 2016” and 2) “Best Poster Award at 14th International Conference on Chiroptical Spectroscopy 2013 in Nashville, USA”. In 2010 he was selected as one of 45 runners-up of the Reaxy PhD Prize on over 300 applications and from 2012 he belong to the Guidance team of the Reaxy Club. In 2013 he joined a board of directors of Young Group of Società Chimica Italiana as vicecoordinator, representing the division of Chemistry of Biological Systems. He is author of over 50 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and he counts more than 800 citation (h-index = 16).
Research Interests
He is author of over 50 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and he counts more than 800 citation (h-index = 16).

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