Luigi Lay Research Group

Carbohydrate Chemistry at the University of Milan


Luigi Lay received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1994 at the University of Milan, under the guidance of Prof. Giovanni Russo, working on the synthesis of oligosaccharides related to heparin/heparan sulfate glycosaminoglycans. In 1995 he moved to the Institut für Organische Chemie, University of Konstanz (Germany) as a postdoctoral fellow, where he worked on the synthesis of glycoconjugates of the lacto and neolacto series under the supervision of Prof. R. R. Schmidt. In 1996 he moved back to Milan and joined the Italian National Research Council as a researcher assistant. In 2000 he was employed as a researcher at the University of Milan (Department of Organic and Industrial Chemistry). Since 2010 he is associated professor of Organic Chemistry at the same university. His research activity currently addresses the area of the synthesis of oligosaccharides glycoconjugates endowed with immunological activity and the synthesis of sugar analogues (C-glycosides and C-phosphonates) with potential biological activity.

Teaching Activity

» Organic Chemistry for Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology
» Laboratory of Organic Chemistry for Bachelor Degree in Industrial Chemistry


» Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks - European Training Networks, "A training network for the rational design of the next generation of well-defined glycoconjugate vaccines (GLYCOVAX)"
» Cariplo Foundation Italy, "Multifunctional gold nanoparticles as a platform for new carbohydrate-based vaccines (NANOVAC)"
» M.I.U.R. Italy (Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca), National Projects PRIN2010, "Italian network for the development of multivalent nanosystems (MULTINANOITA)"
» Mare SpA, Milan, "Nuovi materiali per applicazioni nei settori cartario, detergenza e per la dispersione di cariche minerali."