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Dr. Diego Monti

Curriculum vitae:

Dr. Diego Monti is a Research Director of the Italian National Research Council since 1991 were he works at the “Centre for Studies on Organic and Natural Compounds.- Department of Organic and Industrial Chemistry-University of Milan- Italy”. From 1993-to 2002 he has been Contract Professor at the University of Milan. The lessons he holds were been focused on two main topics: Green Chemistry and the Chemistry of Natural Products. 1991- He was Member in the international Commission for Ph.D. of the University of Barcelona. Member of the Italian Chemical Society from 1970, from 1990 to 1998 he was member of the interdivisional group on “Food Chemistry”. Member of the American Chemical Society since 1991. 1987- He was chosen as lecturer on Phytochemistry. He has been leader of many research projects, some of which are listed below: 1986-1987 Responsible for the research unit of the strategic project “Molecular and Cellular Biophysics” of the Italian National Research Council. The research was entitled Photochemistry of Biliary Pigments and binding with Human Serum Albumin. 1989-1991 Responsible for the research unit of the strategic project “Quality of Food: Novel Methodologies for Investigation” of the Italian National Research Council. The research was entitled “Characterization of Food Constituents and of their biological activity”. 1999-2001 Responsible for the research unit of the finality project “Biotechnology”. of the Italian National Research Council. The research was entitled “Biotrasformation by Bakers’ Yeast in Organic Solvents”. His main interests were focused on the study of natural compounds, in their synthesis and in the elucidation of their mechanisms of action. He is co-author of more than 110 published papers related in particular to the following fields: neonatal jaundice (billiary pigments and porphyrins), malaria, cancer and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT), biosyntheses, isolation ,characterization of natural products from vegetable sources. In the field of chemistry he is always been known for his ability to establish connections between different fields of science. This aspect is witnessed by the number of degrees-thesis spacing from pharmacology to physics and from organic chemistry to biochemistry he has been co-supervisor. Collaborate with numerous researchers (national and international) and currently with the Centre of Excellence (CISI) of the universities of Milan.

Scientific interests:

Elucidation of the biochemical mechanisms of the antimalarial drugs (quinolins, endoperoxids and poliphenols). Planning and synthesis of new quinolinic antimalarial drugs to low cost (sporozoites and merozoites stages) . Structural synthesis and modifications natural poliphenols as potential antimalarial and antitumoral drugs. Synthesis of new labelled drugs for NMRi useful in BNCT.

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