Stefania Abbruzzetti

University of Parma, Italy


Stefania Abbruzzetti obtained her degree cum laude and Ph.D. degree in 2002 in physics from the University of Parma, Italy, for her study of ″Primary events in protein folding and conformational changes in proteins and model systems studied by fast techniques based on nanosecond pulsed lasers″.Her degree dissertation won an award from the Italian Society of Pure and Applied Biophysics (SIBPA). She is the coauthor of a paper that has been selected in the Highlights of year 2002 of the National Institute of Matter Physics and of a Communication, which has been awarded as the best IICVCB2005 poster presentation in Osaka in 2005. She has given eleven oral talks, four of which were invited lectures in SIBPA, Italy and SIF National Conferences. She is a Researcher at the Physics Department, University of Parma, Italy. The research activity focuses on the development and application of methodologies based on nanosecond pulsed lasers to investigate the protein functional and structural dynamics. She has actively contributed to the development of an experimental method to introduce fast changes in proton concentration in solution, using photoactivatable (caged) compounds and nanosecond laser flash photolysis which has allowed obtaining large ph jumps on the nanosecond time scale, stable for several seconds. The other main scientific interest is the use of a photochemical trigger to study the functional dynamics of haemeproteins. Characterization of the functional dynamics of immobilized haemeproteins has been exploited to gain insight into fundamental properties as allosteric mechanisms, ligand migration, structural relaxation and reactivity. This research activity had allowed her to acquire an in depth knowledge of time resolved techniques, and an established expertise in studying hemoproteins. Her scientific achievements area testified by an H index value equal to 18.

Biography Updated on 12 September 2012

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