Polyphenols - Chemistry & Material Science Laboratory
Paola Giannì was born in Italy, and obtained her Master's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata' for her thesis in Human Genetics entitled 'Functional polymorphisms of the HP, APOE and TNF-αgenes and human longevity: a study of association in a population of Central Italy' under the supervision of Prof. D. Frezza and Prof. N. Lucarini. This work was proceeded by research activities at the laboratory of Human Genetics in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Animal Biology at the University of Camerino in Italy.
Paola Giannì joined the research activities in Prof. Crestini's laboratories in July 2014, starting her PhD in 2015. Her research activities comprise the biotechnological and chemical valorisation of lignins, the formation of electrospun nanostructures based on tannins for topical pharmaceutical and biomedical applications and the development of industrial uses of tannins in collaboration with P&G.
Luc Zongo was born in Burkina Faso. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy within the Degree Course in Pharmacy from the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Italy, with an experimental Master thesis entitled 'Towards Peptide-Functionalised Tannins For Micro- And Nanocapsules As Promising Drug Delivery Systems' under the supervision of Prof. C. Crestini and Dr H. Lange. He started his graduate research activities in Prof. Crestini's laboratories in November 2016, and is currently working on stimuli responsive natural polyphenol-based microcapsules for controlled active release.
His research activities thus comprise the generation of functionalised natural polyphenol-based microcapsules as site‑specific carrier systems for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications and the understanding of the release-triggering mechanisms.
Prior to his studies at the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical 'Urbaniana' University of Rome, Italy, with a thesis entitled: 'Being a martyr in the service of sick, an anachronistic attitude or an evangelical attitude in the World of this Time' - a pastoral and theological contribution. As a member of the Clerics Regular, Ministers to the Sick ('Camillians') he is since then working as a priest in Rome for his order.
Lili Zhen was born in China. She obtained her Master's degree in Textile Chemistry, Dyeing & Finishing Engineering from the National Key Laboratory of Eco-Textile of the Jiangnan University in China in 2016, with an experimental thesis entitled 'Thermoplastic modification research of rice straw through graft copolymerization with PEG'. Prior to this, in 2013, Lili Zhen obtained her Bachelor's degree from Jiangnan University working on Light Chemistry Engineering.
In 2016, Lili Zhen was chosen as a PhD student within the H2020 program BIOCLEAN under the supervision of Prof. C. Crestini at the University of Roma 'Tor Vergata', Italy.
Her fields of interest comprise the detailed structural characterization of tannins and their targeted functionalisation for industrial applications.
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