Michela Morsella (Miky)
Italian PhD Student in Chemical Sciences
Michela was born in Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy in 1986. She obtained her master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry and Technology at the University of G. d’Annunzio Chieti-Pescara in July 2011, under the supervision of Prof. Rosa Amorosa, with a thesis in medicinal chemistry focused on the synthesis and characterization of W1400 analogues to inhibit the activity of NOS. During and after her studies, Michela worked in a dermocosmetic company as a scientific coordinator, specializing in the skin care field. She also attended a master in pharmaceutical marketing and management.
At the beginning of January, 2013, she started her PhD studies at the D’annunzio University in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Nicola d’Alessandro. Her main research topic is lignin valorization in different fields, especially cosmetics. She is focused on the quenching of photocatalytic activity of TiO2 by the lignin coating in sunscreen products.
Michela joined the Scaiano group in March 2015. In 2016, she started her fourth and last year of a PhD program, thanks to a Novadomus scholarship to complete her project and defend her thesis in 2017. She loves pets and in her spare time, she enjoys biking, walking, playing music, painting and reading.