PhD student profile, Marco Zuccolo

PhD Student: Marco Zuccolo


Tutor: Prof. Sabrina Dallavalle – DeFENS

Dean: Prof. Francesco Bonomi

Research area: Chemistry and Biochemistry

PhD title achieved on: 18th December 2018


Research topic

Design and synthesis of target-oriented new generation pesticides


Project Synopsis

My PhD research project is focused on the design and synthesis of hybrid fungicides with dual mechanism of action. The purpose of the project is the synthesis of a series of compounds resulting by conjugation of fungicides with different mechanism of action or containing the pharmacophores of different fungicides. The designed compounds are tested both in vitro and in vivo against plant pathogens. In particular, the assessment of biological activity is focused on testing ability of simultaneous inhibition of different cellular target, and on defining structure-activity relationships.


Project keywords

fungicide, chemical synthesis



Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS) – Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano



Prof. Paolo Cortesi, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS), Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milan

Dr. Laura Polito, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via Fantoli 16/15, 20138 Milano



Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano



Zuccolo, M., Ruffoni, A., Cavanna, M. V., Argentiere, S. (2015) Spherical shape supramolecular structure of serum stable self-assembled pentapeptides containining the constrained norbornene amino acid, XXXVI Convegno della Divisione di Chimica Organica- CDCO 2015, September 13-17, 2015, Bologna (Poster)

Zuccolo, M., Dallavalle, S., Polito, L., Kunova, A., Cortesi, P. (2016) Design and preliminary evaluations of gold nanoparticles as potential nanocarriers for agrochemicals, Ischia Advanced School of Organic Chemistry, September 25-29, 2016, Ischia (Naples) (Poster)



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