Luca Forti was born in Correggio, Reggio Emilia, Italy in 1965. He was graduated summa cum laude in chemistry at the University of Modena (Italy) in 1990 and then he received his Ph.D. degree in chemical sciences from the University of Parma in 1994. Since 2000, he works as an Associate Researcher in organic chemistry at the Faculty of Biosciences and Biotechnologies of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Currently, he teaches organic chemistry to students of biotechnology and industrial biotransformation and biorefineries for chemical industries to students of industrial biotechnology. Besides, he teaches green chemistry and applied biocatalysis to Ph.D. students of Doctorate School in Science and Technologies for Health Products. His research interests straddle the interface between chemistry and biological sciences, and include the following (a) isolation, purification, structure elucidation, and synthesis of bioactive natural products from microbes and higher plants for application in pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries; (b) synthesis and investigation of the biological activity of polyphenols (i.e. polyhydroxystilbenes); (c) screening of nonconventional yeasts for biocatalytic activities (i.e., lipase, enoate reductase); (d) biocatalytic modification of natural compounds; (e) valorization of agroindustrial wastes.
Biography Updated on 8 February 2011