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Current Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 29, 42 Issues, 2022
ISSN: 1875-533X (Online)
ISSN: 0929-8673 (Print)
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Meet the Executive Guest Editor(s)

Pankaj Attri
Center of Plasma Nano-interface Engineering
Kyushu University
Dr. Pankaj Attri is an Associate Professor at the Center of Plasma Nano-Interface Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan. Dr. Attri obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, India, in 2013. He worked as an Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical and Biological Physics and in Plasma Bioscience research center, Kwangwoon University, Korea, from 2013-2017. Dr. Attri has received many honors such as long term fellowship at Kyushu University, Japan, in 2016. Dr. Attri is the author of more than 90 publications and 8 book chapters of reputed publishers and has earned 4 Patents. Dr. Attri is currently working as an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports Journal in Chemical Physics panel.

Sergey O. Bachurin
Institute of Physiologically Active Compounds
Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
Professor Sergey Bachurin received the Ph.D. degree in 1980 and Doctor of science degree in 1994 in Moscow State University. Since 1981, he is working at the Institute of Physiologically Active Compounds Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in Chernogolovka city. From 2006 till 2018 he remained the Director of the Institute. Since January 2019, he is a scientific supervisor of IPAC RAS and Head of the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry. In 2003, he was elected as a member of Russian Academy of Sciences. His research activity related to the discovery of novel agents for neurodegenerative diseases treatment, in particular for Alzheimer’s disease. He is the main author of the investigative drug for Alzheimer’s disease Dimebon, which successfully passed Phase 2 clinical trials on AD patients (Lancet 2008,372(9634):207-15) and number of novel neuroprotective agents that have passed preclinical trials (Mol Neurobiol. 2018,55(1):335; Sci Rep. 2015, 2017, 2019). He is the author of more than 250 articles in peer-reviewing journals and about 40 patents. His h-index is 29 in WoS datebase. Bachurin was an invited lecturer at the University of California (San Francisco), and at the Tufts University (Boston). He is the Chairman of Scientific Council of RAS on “Medicinal Chemistry”, Head of Moscow Chemical Society and Council member of European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry.

Anna Bersano
Department of Cerebrovascular Disease
IRCCS C. Besta Neurological Institute
Dr. Anna Bersano obtained her medical degree in 1997 from Milan University Medical School, Milan, Italy. She is affiliated with the Cerebrovascular Unit, Foundation IRCCS Carlo Besta Neurological Institute, Milan, Italy. Her areas/fields of primary expertise include stroke, pathogenesis, genetics, cerebrovascular circulation, Moyamoya Disease, Cerebrovascular Disease, etc. Dr. Bersano has published more than 150 articles in various journals of international repute, accumulating more than 3,710 total citations.

Simone Brogi
Department of Pharmacy
University of Pisa
Simone Brogi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Pisa, Italy. He graduated in 2005 in Biological Sciences from the University of Siena, where he also received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2010. From 2011 to 2019 he has directed the Molecular Modeling Unit at the Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy (University of Siena) in the research group of Prof. Giuseppe Campiani. Dr Brogi has sound knowledge of various computational methodologies: Pharmacophore modeling, Virtual Screening, High throughput Docking, High throughput QM-Polarized Ligand Docking, Molecular Docking, Homology Modeling, 3D-QSAR and 3D-QSSR models, Molecular Dynamics, QM/MM calculations, in silico prediction of ADME+T Properties. Furthermore, Dr Brogi possesses expertise in GPU calculation by means of CUDA technology applied to Molecular Dynamics software. His research activity, described in over 100 papers (full list of publications:, is focused on computational approaches for the discovery and optimization of small-molecules with therapeutic potential for treating cancer and pain, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, and parasitic diseases. Moreover, the mentioned research interest also comprises innovative in silico strategies to establish the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics profile of potential drug candidates. Dr Brogi is the head of in silico Pharmacology and Toxicology Unit at University of Pisa in the research group of Prof. Vincenzo Calderone.

Rodrigo V. Báez
Nutrition Department
University of Chile
Dr. Rodrigo Valenzuela Báez is an Associate Professor at the University of Chile. He completed his PhD at the Department of Nutrition, University of Toronto, Canada. His research interests include lipids in foods, diet induced obesity and liver steatosis models, cytoprotective effect of bioactive compounds, clinical trials related with fatty acid metabolism and dairy products in human nutrition. Dr. Rodrigo Valenzuela has authored over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and in 15 books of diverse topics.

Adrián Alejandro Schcolnik Cabrera
Département de Biochimie et Médecine Moléculaire
Université de Montréal
Dr. Adrián Alejandro Schcolnik Cabrera obtained his degree in medicine from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico. He is affiliated with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Montréal, Montréal, Canada. His research mainly focuses on Cancer Stem Cells, ELISA, Western Blot, Flow Cytometry, Bioinformatics Analysis, Cell Culture, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Metabolomics, Cancer Biology, and Cancer Metabolism. Dr. Cabrera has published more than 30 articles in various journals of international repute, accumulating more than 390 total citations.

Gaetano Caramori
Department of Biomedical, Dental and Morphological and Functional Imaging Sciences
University of Messina (UniME)
Dr. Gaetano Caramori, MD, PhD, is a Full Professor in Respiratory Medicine, at the Dipartimento di Scienze BIOMORF, University of Messina, Italy. He is serving as Head of the Pulmonology Unit at the University Hospital Gaetano Martino, and also Head of the Specialization School in Respiratory Diseases at the University of Messina, Italy. Dr. Gaetano Caramori is an honorary staff member at the Airway Disease Section of the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College of London, UK, since 2001. He has published about 160 articles in International Scientific peer-reviewed Journals, including all the major Journals of the Respiratory System. His research interests have focused on DNA damage repair in the lungs, bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Rosanna Chianese
Department of Experimental Medicine
University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Dr. Rosanna Chianese got her master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2004. She completed her PhD studies in Comparative Endocrinology from the University of Padova, Italy during 2005-2008. During 2009-2011, she obtained a research fellowship entitled “Mesothelioma and biomarkers”, from the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. She also obtained the National Scientific Qualification to work as Associate Professor. She is a member of the teaching staff of PhD School in “Biochemical and Biotechnological Sciences”. She has a wide experience as reviewer for international journals and she has been the Editor of Special Issues and e-book. She has national and international collaborations; she has been involved in numerous research projects. She has published over 70 papers in various peer-reviewed international journals, books, proceedings and abstract books. She was an invited speaker at national and international conferences. She is an expert in biology of reproduction, sperm quality and epigenetic transgenerational inheritance. She has firstly identified circular RNAs in human and mouse spermatozoa.

Guido Crisponi
Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences
University of Cagliari
Dr. Guido Crisponi is a Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Cagliari University, Italy. The majority of Dr. Crisponi works deal with analytical studies on the distribution of toxic elements in various human tissues, solution equilibria studies on the interaction between metal ions and bio-molecules by potentiometric, spectrophotometric and NMR techniques. In the last twenty years, his research group has been mainly involved in studies concerning chelation therapy to treat the toxic effects of metal ions in humans. He is a member of the Editorial Board of various international journals and is the author of more than 170 publications.

Xianting Ding
School of Biomedical Engineering
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Dr. Xianting Ding is a Professor at the School of Biomedical Engineering and is the Deputy Director of Institute for Personalized Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles, USA. His research interests are single cell protein analysis, personalized medicine with trace clinical specimens and portable bio-sensors with microfluidics. He participated in the early development of 3 multi-million-USD international research centers. He is part of the Editorial Board for Scientific Reports and SLAS Technology (JALA) and is the reviewer for 20 SCI journals. Dr. Xianting Ding is the author of 90 peer-reviewed SCI papers and has filed 30 national and international patents.

Ali H. Eid
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
American University of Beirut
Dr. Ali H. Eid obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Ohio State University, USA, where he conducted his doctoral (and later postdoctoral) research at the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. He had previously obtained his M.Sc. from Bowling Green State University, USA and his B.Sc. from the American University of Beirut. The main research focus in Dr. Eid's laboratory is the molecular and cellular pharmacology that culminates in drug discovery. Dr. Eid has published more than 20 articles in various journals of international repute.

Hao Lin
School of Life Science and Technology
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)
Dr. Hao Lin is a Professor of the Center for Informational Biology at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He received his Ph.D. from Inner Mongolia University, P.R. China in 2007. His researches focused on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers in SCI-indexed journals.

Kuen-Song Lin
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Yuan Ze University
Taoyuan City
Dr. Kuen-Song Lin is a Senior Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan. He is also the Director of Environmental Technology Research Centre (ETRC) and the Dean of Research and Development (R&D office) in Yuan Ze University. His research topics include waste reutilization, on-site soil and water pollution remediation, environmental and photocatalytic catalyst preparation technologies, hydrogen storage, carbon capture and sustainable energy generation. Dr. Lin has published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Cristina Maccallini
Department of Pharmacy
University of Chieti
Cristina Maccallini received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2002 from the University of Chieti, where she is currently assistant professor at the Department of Pharmacy. Her main research interests is focused on the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of small molecules targeting proteins involved in inflammation and cancer development, such as the inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase, the Carbonic Anhydrases, the Aromatase and PPARs. She is author of over 60 publications in the Medicinal Chemistry field and 1 book chapter. She is a member of the Editorial Board of various international journals and member of the Italian Chemistry Society.

Donatella Marazziti
Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale
University of Pisa
Prof. Donatella Marazziti received her Degree (in 1981) in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy. She is affiliated as a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Laboratory of Psychopharmacology at University of Pisa. Dr. Marazziti is a member of the WPA section for OCD, and a member of the International Council for OCD. Her main research activities focus on psychiatry, psychopharmacology and neurobiology. Prof. Marazziti has published more than 470 articles in various journals of international repute, accumulating more than 8,830 total citations.

Giuseppe Pappalardo
Institute of Crystallography
National Research Council (CNR)
Dr. Giuseppe Pappalardo graduated with majors in electrical engineering from the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, in 1983. He carried out research in Computer Science at the University of Catania, Politecnico of Milan, and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Computing Science and held a position as Research Associate. He is currently affiliated with the Institute of Crystallography, National Research Council (CNR), Catania, Italy. His main research focuses on Neurodegeneration, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Neuroprotection, Proteins, Peptides, Cell Culture, Neuroscience, In Vitro Cell Culture, Alzheimer's Disease, Neurodegenerative Diseases, etc. Dr. Pappalardo has published more than 115 articles in various journals of international repute, accumulating more than 2,880 total citations.

Roza Pawlowska
Division of Bioorganic Chemistry
Polish Academy of Sciences
Dr. Róża Pawłowska graduated from the University of Lodz in 2005 with majors in biology, specializing in biochemistry. She is affiliated with the Division of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland. Her areas/fields of primary research expertise include Cancer Stem Cell, Glioblastoma, and Brain Neoplasms. Dr. Pawłowska has published more than 15 articles in various journals of international repute.

Jelena Popovic-Djordjevic
Department Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Belgrade
Dr. Jelena Popović-Djordjević is a Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She graduated from the University of Belgrade, where she received her B.A. degree in Applied Chemistry and her Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry in 2010. She is the author of more than 150 publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals, 2 book chapters and 40 papers on the international and national conferences. Her main research is related to Natural Products, Biological activity of Natural and Synthetic Compounds, Food Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. She is a member of the Serbian Chemical Society, the Serbian Water Protection Society and the Editorial board member of Ecological Safety and Balanced Use of Resources.

Ornelio Rosati
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Università degli Studi di Perugia
Dr. Ornelio Rosati obtained his degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Perugia. Currently he is indulged in teaching “Echo-compatible synthetic processes” (C.d.L. Industrial and Molecular Biotechnologies) and is affiliated with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy. His areas/fields of primary research expertise include isolation and structural determination of natural compounds, and the synthesis of natural compounds and not with potential biological activity. Dr. Rosati has published more than 100 articles in various journals of international repute, accumulating more than 2,900 total citations.

Christos Savopoulos
Department of Internal Medicine
AHEPA University General Hospital of Thessaloniki
Dr. Christos Savopoulos received his Ph.D. in 2002 from the Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He currently serves as a Professor of Internal Medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and also as the Head of the first Medical Propaedeutic Department of Internal Medicine at AHEPA University Hospital. He was one of the principal establishers of a Stroke Unit in the University Hospital of AHEPA, Thessaloniki, Greece, and thereafter the Head of this Stroke Unit. He is a member of 17 Greek and International Medical Scientific Societies, Associations and Working Groups. Dr. Christos Savopoulos has authored about 140 publications in international journals and 27 book chapters.

Xinhua Shu
Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)
Dr. Xinhua Shu is an Associate Professor at Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. He received his PhD in Pathobiology from the Hunan Medical University, China, in 1999. He received the honor of Fellowship at the University of Glasgow (1999-2001), Scotland, where he worked on the Human Pathogen Paracoccidioides Brasiliensis. In 2001, he was appointed at MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh, Scotland, to work as an Investigator Scientist for five years and then Senior Investigator Scientist. His research interests are Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal diseases, the Disease Mechanisms of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and age related macular degeneration (AMD). Dr. Shu has about 110 publications.

Chuanling Si
Department of Plant Chemistry & Fine Chemicals
Tianjin University of Science & Technology
Dr. Chuanling Si obtained a medical degree from Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea. Dr. Si is affiliated as a Director & Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Chemistry & Fine Chemicals, Tianjin University of Science & Technology, Tianjin, China. His research expertise lies in the areas/fields of plant chemistry, fine chemicals, and wood science and technology. Dr. Si has published more than 250 articles in various journals of international repute, accumulating more than 5,510 total citations.

Tatjana P. Stanojković
Department of Experimental Oncology
Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia
Tatjana Stanojković was born in Belgrade on June 26, 1966. She graduated from the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade, Department of Molecular Biology and Physiology. She has been employed at the Institute of Oncology and Radiology of Serbia since 1997, since July 2014, as head of the Department of Biological Response Laboratory, Department of Experimental Oncology. Field of expertise: Experimental oncology, Medicinal Chemistry, in vitro investigation of the anticancer activity of novel synthesized compounds, natural product and marine organisms. Member of the Editorial Board, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine since 2012.

Jacopo Troisi
Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry
University of Salerno
Dr. Jacopo Troisi is Adjunct Professor for Ph.D programme in translational medicine at Salerno University (Italy). He is a research scientist and COO at the European Biomedical Research Institute of Salerno (EBRIS), co-founded by the Harvard University and the Salerno Medical School. He is also co-founder and CEO at Theoreo srl, a spin-off company of the University of Salerno. Dr. Troisi research is related to metabolomics. In particular, he is studying the metabolomic fingerprint of several human disease as a diagnostic tool and as a mechanistic hypothesis generator. He got several international patents and awards for diagnostic tests based on metabolomic profiling.”

Domenico Trombetta
Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical, and Environmental Sciences
University of Messina
Dr. Domenico Trombetta has a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, a Master’s degree in Pharmacy, and a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacognosy. He is affiliated as Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Messina (Italy), in the Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences (ChiBioFarAm). His areas/fields of research expertise include antioxidants, phytochemicals, natural product chemistry, nutraceuticals, natural product pharmacology, phytochemical Analysis, bioactivity, and oxidative Stress biomarkers. Dr. Trombetta has published more than 175 articles in various journals of international repute, accumulating more than 7,520 total citations.

Chi-Meng Tzeng
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Xiamen University
Dr. Chi-Meng Tzeng is a Full Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Xiamen University, China. He served the Chinese military as an MD Captain in Tri-Service General Hospital (1993-1995). He then received graduated training in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology from Stanford University Medical School, USA, (1995-2000). Dr. Tzeng was appointed as principal Investigator in Medical R&D and industrialization at Academic Sinica (Taiwan) and at National Taiwan University Hospital (2000-2005). His research interests include Translational Medicine among Liquid Biopsy, Microbiota, Neoantigen, Immune-Cell Therapy, AI-Big Data, Herbal Medicine and Combination Theranostics. Dr. Tzeng has authored over 60 SCIs, 4 book chapters, and 13 patents and is also responsible for 14 commercial products, IVDs, supplements and medication.

Cheng Wang
School of Medicine
Changzhou University
Dr. Cheng Wang graduated from China Pharmaceutical University in 2012 with a B.S. in pharmacy and received his M.S. degree in pharmacy in 2015 from China Pharmaceutical University. Currently he is affiliated with the School of Medicine, Changzhou University, Changzhou, China. His research interest is focused on nano-calcium carbonate based drug delivery systems, aggregation-induced emission (AIE)-active drug carriers and polymeric drug carriers. Dr. Wang has published more than 150 articles in various journals of international repute, accumulating more than 6,430 total citations.

Yun-Long Wu
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Xiamen University
Dr. Wu’s current research interests focus on the development of functional polymeric materials for pharmaceutical applications in terms of controllable drug delivery or gene delivery, with over 70 publications on Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., ACS Nano, Adv. Mater., Small, Adv. Healthcare Mater., Biomacromolecules etc and personal H-index of 25 (Google Scholar).

Kang Xu
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Hubei University of Chinese Medicine
Dr. Kang Xu received his M.M. degree from Hubei University of Chinese Medicine and his Ph.D. degree from Chongqing University, China. He studied Stem Cell Engineering and Molecular Therapy as a researcher in University of California, USA. Currently, he is serving as an Associate Professor at the Hubei University of Chinese Medicine. His research interests are Chemical Based Therapeutic Mechanism on Cardiovascular Diseases, Anti-Inflammation Activity on Arthritis of Natural Synthesized Compounds, Wound Repair and Regeneration. Dr. Kang Xu is the author of over 30 publications on Phytotherapy research, Frontiers in Pharmacology, Cell Proliferation, Wound Repair, Regeneration and Pharmaceutical Biology.

Peng Zhan
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
Shandong University
Dr. Peng Zhan is currently working as Associate Professor in Shandong University. In 2012, he was appointed as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow in Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan. His research area involves discovery of novel antiviral anticancer and neurodegenerative diseases-related agents based on the rational drug design approaches. So far, he has published more than 100I academic papers, more than 20 patents as co-inventor, and received the first prize of Shandong Province Science (2010), CPA-Servier Young Investigator Awards in Medicinal Chemistry (2016), and and many other honors and awards.

Kun Zhang
Department of Medical Ultrasound
Tongji University School of Medicine
Prof. Kun Zhang is a Research Fellow and a PhD advisor who comes from Shanghai Tenth Peoples’ Hospital. Nowadays, he is the Deputy Director of Ultrasound Research and Education Institute, Tongji University, School of Medicine. He has published 18 SCI papers as the first author or corresponding author in different journals. He has been chosen as the reviewer of some top journals including Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials Advanced Sciences, Biomaterials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, and Theranostics. He is also elected as the members or committee members of several academic organizations. He is engaged in molecular imaging and corresponding probe design involving MRI, fluorescence imaging and ultrasound imaging as well as multi-modal imaging, and he is also an expert in immunotherapy, gene editing, tumour microenvironment modulation & monitoring, regenerative medicine, nanomedicine and interdisciplinary research.


Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS
(31099 citations)
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Kings College
University of Cambridge
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