October 20, 2017

Lucia Sessa

Lucia Sessa is a research fellow at the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Salerno working on the development of new methods to improve the calculation of binding energy during docking studies.

She is a CTO of SoftMining s.r.l. a startup with skills in artificial intelligence and biological modeling.

She received her master degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies at University of Salerno (2009). She obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science in 2014 from the University of Salerno, with a thesis titled “Design and development of new polymeric materials with potential antimicrobial and/or antifungal activity.”

During the Ph.D. she spent eight months at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in the group of Prof. Peter Walde (Department of Materials), studying the different interaction of modified antimicrobial peptides with liposomes.

In 2014, she won two research fellowships at the Department of Industrial Engineering (University of Salerno) with the topic “Production of PEA through supercritical fluid” and “Design and development of biodegradable films with antimicrobial activity” working with the Prof. Ernesto Reverchon and Prof. Loredana Incarnato respectively.

From 2015 to 2017 she was a postdoc in the group of Prof. Stefano Piotto at the Department of Pharmacy (University of Salerno) working on projects focused on “Estimation of free energy of binding in flexible docking” and “Computational investigation of Sphingomyelin synthase (SMS) structure and design of SMS interacting peptides.”

Since 2012, she is the lecturer in Chemistry at the Department of Industrial Engineering and the Department of Pharmacy (University of Salerno).

She is also co-founder of a spin-off of the University of Salerno, SmartVase Srl, a startup active in the biomaterials field.

SmartVase receives the award “Premio dei Premi” as Best Innovative Company in Italy from the Italian President of Republic.