Alessandro Vergara, born in Naples in 1973, took a degree in chemistry (physical chemistry) in 1996 at the University of Naples "Federico II" (UNINA) under the supervision of Professors Mazzarella and Capasso. In 2000, he accomplished a Ph.D. degree in chemical sciences, working at the Department of Chemistry of UNINA (in the Vitagliano's Lab) and at the Texas Christian University (Tx, USA) in the Albright's Lab. In 2001, he was a Postdoctoral in structural biology at the Imperial College of London in the Chayen's Lab, UK and at the CNRS of Molecular Biology in Strasbourg, France in the Giegé's Lab. Since 2002, he has been a Research Associate of Physical Chemistry at the University of Naples "Federico II". He had two brief mobility programmes, spent in 2005 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Ny, USA, in the Peisach's Lab (research on EPR spectroscopy of hemoproteins) and in 2008 at the University of Twente, Holland, in the Otto's Lab (research on Raman imaging of single cells). He is also the author of 60 ISI publications and 16 structures deposited in the PDB. In August 2010, he won a competitive examination to Associate Professor of physical chemistry. Starting from reaction of aging of synthetic peptides (graduation thesis), he studied later the physical basis of the protein crystallisation (Ph.D. thesis) and the molecular 3D structure of proteins via X-ray crystallography, EPR, and Raman spectroscopy (Postdoc and early years as a Research Associate). He is now developing novel analytical methods based on Raman microscopy for applications in structural biology and medical diagnostics.
Biography Updated on 12 July 2011