Vittoria Mallia is an MSc. Organic Chemistry graduate (May 2015) from University of Perugia, Italy. Previously, she obtained two bachelor degrees from University of Perugia (the first one focused on Chemistry of Arts and Restoration, and the second one centred on Chemistry). Vittoria is keen to pursue a career in research.
Science-related Work Experience:
Thanks to work completed in Vittoria’s MSc thesis, she has undertaken both the practical/synthetic and the in silico/virtual branches of a chemist's life. During her MSc degree, entitled "Dengue virus drugs: in silico screening in NS3 cavity and pharmacokinetic optimization", she worked in the pharmaceutical sector, learning about drug discovery, virtual screening and pharmacokinetics.
Vittoria spent five months (October 2015-March 2016) at the University of Reims (Champagne-Ardenne), France undertaking a European internship (with a scholarship). She has worked in the environmental field of Chemistry with research focused on quantification and removal of organic pollutants (drugs) from water and soil. She also learned French during the internship, reaching the B2 level (European Certificate, DELF).
In November 2016 she passed the Qualifying State Examination to Chemists Register in Perugia (Italy), simultaneously continuing her education with training at the University of Perugia (lipidomic, metabolism, LC-MS, GS-MS and chemoinformatic tools) from October 2016 to June 2017. In November 2016 she also attended the 1st MS Residue School organised by the Italian Chemical Society at the IZSUM in Perugia, Italy.
She is currently undertaking a PhD (Norwegian Veterinary Institute and University of Oslo) entitled “Endocrine disruptor compounds in cyanobacteria”. She will analyse extracts from cyanobacteria (photosynthetic, nitrogen-fixing bacteria that live in a wide variety of moist soils and water) to study and identify compounds produced by them, and their activity as endocrine disruptors.
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Vittoria has experienced different jobs while she was a student/intern: waitress, private teacher of Math, Physics and Chemistry, photographer and journalist for a website and for some football teams, animator for children and commercial manager for an advertising agency. She has many interests: charity work (missionary travels in Amazonia and in a Croatian pediatric hospital); photography (she is the president and responsible for the exposition of a photographic association), running, equitation, traveling, reading and writing. She is a blood donor for seven years. She speaks Italian (mother tongue), French (DELF B2) and English (IELTS 6.5).
Area of science:
Silvio’s research focuses on chemical analysis, purification and chemical characterisation of biomolecules with biological activity. The majority of his work is related to toxins of fungal and plant origin and includes different approaches to target and untargeted analysis. Important techniques for untargeted analysis include bioassay-guided fractionation and mass spectrometry-based metabolomics.
Currently Senior Scientist and Head of the Section for Chemistry at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. Silvio has his background in organic and analytical chemistry and received his degree from the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2000.
The PROTECTED ITN WP 6 leader and supervisor of ESR 10 (ED effects of cyanobacteria).
Area of science:
Gudrun’s research focuses on effects of endocrine disrupting environmental changes resulting from manmade activities or from natural origin. Utilising innovative in vivo bioassays for the assessment of endocrine disruptors (ED’s) in the environment, this work aims to reveal ED mechanism identifying regulatory factors in blood to assess organismic response to real life exposure to mixtures in the aquatic environment.
Currently associate professor at the Biochemistry and Microbiology Institute of Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh). Previously Gudrun obtained her Diplom in Biological Sciences (Dipl. biol.) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Germany. In 1998 she was awarded Doctor in Science (Dr. rer. nat.) from LMU, specializing in gene expression research. Gudrun was involved in projects studying environmental effects on gene expression at the organismal level developing novel biologically relevant markers to reveal and monitor ED contamination in the aquatic environment.
The PROTECTED ITN Coordinator of the Network Training Committee and supervisor of ESR 12 (In vivo bioassays in adult carp).