Riccardo Bellan

Riccardo earned his Master’s Degree in Pharmacy at the University of Padua, Italy. During his master’s thesis he joined the laboratory of Prof. A. Mattarei where he dealt with the synthesis and characterization of four new D-methadone derivatives as NMDAr modulators. He then evaluated their pharmacological properties on epithelial retinal cells in the laboratory of Prof. S. De Martin. After his graduation he spent four months in the Drug Delivery group at the same University under the supervision of Prof. P. Caliceti and Prof. S. Salmaso focusing on the synthesis and characterization of a new glycopolymeric nanostructure for the siRNA delivery towards cancer cells. In December 2019 he won the Unipharma Graduates scholarship that led him to the Laboratoire de Chimie et Biochimie Pharmacologiques et Toxicologiques at the Université de Paris where he had the opportunity to complete his knowledge about the glutamatergic transmission by synthesizing and characterizing new mGlu7R selective agonists. Currently he is enrolled in the Dankerslab and involved in a project in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. The purpose of his project is to synthesize new supramolecular polymers able to steer cellular behavior and functions.