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Dr Anita Toscani

Maplethorpe Research Fellow in Pharmacy


Dr Anita Toscani carried out her PhD in Chemistry at Imperial College London, working with Dr James Wilton-Ely on the development of transition metal-based probes for the chromo-fluorogenic detection of carbon monoxide in cells. During her doctoral studies she joined the research group of Professor Ramón Martínez-Máñez at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) to study the use of transition metal complexes and nanoparticle assemblies for sensing applications. In 2017, after undertaking a 6-month postdoc at King's College London in the group of Dr Daniele Castagnolo, Anita was appointed Maplethorpe Research Fellow in Pharmacy (2017-2019). Her project is currently focused on the development of novel iron/zinc chelators and Carbon Monoxide Releasing Molecules (CORMs) as antibacterial agents. Interests: - Fluorescent probes - Antibacterial agents