Iolanda Francolini serves as a Lecturer in the science and technologies of polymers at the Sapienza University of Rome. She obtained a degree in Industrial Chemistry “cum laudem” in 2000 from the Sapienza University of Rome. In 2001, she performed research on ultrastructural analysis of polymer surfaces and microbial biofilms at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (National Institute of Health) of Rome. Later in 2003, she was a visiting scientist at the Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana, USA, where she worked in the development of polyacrylates for drug control release to prevent medical device-related infections. In 2005, she obtained a Ph.D. degree at the Sapienza University of Rome in Chemical and Industrial Processes researching on drug-releasing functionalized polyurethanes for biomedical application. She currently performs research on prevention and control of biofilm-based medical-device-related infections at the Sapienza University and collaborates with the Microbial Biofilm Laboratory of the IRCCS - Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome. Her research interests are synthesis of antimicrobial and antifouling polymers for the prevention of microbial biofilm formation, drug releasing polymers, magnetic core/shell nanocomposites for drug targeting. She was invited speaker at several international conferences and is currently guest editor of the Special Issue “Antimicrobial polymers” of International Journal of Molecular Science.
Biography Updated on 11 June 2013