Dr. Cristina Carucci graduated at University of Cagliari-Italy (MSc) in 2014 with first class honours under the supervision of Prof. M. Monduzzi and Prof. A. Salis. She studied at the University of Limerick-Ireland, under the supervision of Prof. Dean E. Magner and in 2018 she was awarded a PhD. After a postdoctoral work at Université de Bordeaux (France) under the supervision of Prof. A. Kuhn and Dr. N. Mano she is now a researcher in Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences in Cagliari.
Her research focuses on the immobilization of proteins for applications in biocatalysis, drug delivery and bioelectrochemistry. In particular, she investigated enzymes immobilization (alcohol dehydrogenase, lipase, glucose oxidase, bilirubin oxidase, laccase, etc.) on nanostructured materials, such as Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and ordered mesoporous silica (OMS) and their characterization through TEM, SEM, FTIR, TGA, XRD, DLS, ELS N2-isotherm techniques. During her PostDoc she worked on the development of macroporous gold electrode with immobilized enzymes for implantable biofuel cells in vitro and in vivo. She is currently investigating the immobilization and release of antimicrobial peptides from mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs).
Even though her research is based on biophysical chemistry she had the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary environments with researchers coming from a variety of backgrounds such as biology, engineering and material sciences