Deborah Sementa, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ulijn Lab, Nanoscience Initiative

Deborah received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Naples – Federico II with a thesis on the construction of multifunctional molecular tools with improved efficacy, pharmacokinetic properties and targeted delivery. As part of her Ph.D. studies, she has been a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working in the field of flow-based peptide/protein synthesis and Chemical Biology. Then, she joined RCSI as a Marie Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellow, where she gained expertise in design and synthesis of new Phase Transfer Catalysts. Her research focuses on the combination of solid-phase and solution-phase methods for the generation of valuable chemical devices.

Publications

A. Lampel, S. A. McPhee, S. Kassem, D. Sementa, T. Massarano, J. M. Aramini, Y. He, and R. V. Ulijn, Melanin-Inspired Chromophoric Microparticles Composed of Polymeric Peptide Pigments, Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 2021, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202015170.

M. Kumar, J. Son, R.H. Huang, D. Sementa, M. Lee, S. O'Brien, and R.V. Ulijn, In Situ, Noncovalent Labeling and Stimulated Emission Depletion-Based Super-Resolution Imaging of Supramolecular Peptide Nanostructures, ACS Nano, 2020in press.

M. Kumar, D. Sementa, V. Narang, E. Riedo, and R.V. Ulijn, Self-Assembly Propensity Dictates Lifetimes in Transient Naphthalimide-Dipeptide NanofibersChem. Eur J., 2020, 26, 8372-8376.