PhD student profile, Francesca Sacchi

PhD Student:  Francesca Sacchi (ORCID n. 0000-0002-3973-0989)


Supervisor: Prof. Dimitrios Fessas, DeFENS

Co-tutor: Prof. Paolo Cortesi, DeFENS

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Chemistry and Biochemistry


Research topic

Development of new chemical and biological strategies for the control of pathogenic microorganisms in the agri-food chain.


Project Synopsis

The aims of my PhD project are to design and synthetize natural inspired compounds and to study their interaction with known biological targets, present at molecular level in pathogenic microorganisms (i.e. enzymes or membranes of pathogenic fungi and bacteria). The evaluation of the interactions of the molecules with the biological target, will assess the efficacy and prelude their future application in the field of plant protection.


Project keywords

chemical synthesis, calorimetry, fungicides, antimicrobials



laboratory address:

Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS)

Università degli Studi di Milano

Via Mangiagalli, 25 – 20133 Milano

email address:



Prof. Sabrina Dallavalle, DeFENS

Prof. Fabio Forlani, DeFENS

Prof. Stephane Quideau, University of Bordeaux



Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano


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