Daniele Florio | Pharmaceutical science | Young Scientist Award

Mr. Daniele Florio | Pharmaceutical science | Young Scientist Award

Daniele Florio is a dedicated researcher in pharmaceutical sciences, currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Naples Federico II. His doctoral work focuses on integrated molecular approaches targeting mutated Nucleophosmin 1 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia, scheduled for completion in October 2024. Daniele brings extensive experience from his Marie Sklodowska-Curie secondment and voluntary internship, specializing in peptide synthesis, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopic techniques. With a strong publication record and active participation in international conferences, he contributes significantly to the fields of amyloid aggregation, chemical catalysis, and drug development, showcasing advanced skills in scientific research and analysis.



👨‍🏫Professional Experience

Tutoring Activities (Grant Type B) 2023-2024, Naples, Italy, Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples Federico II, Provided supplementary teaching for Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry courses for Pharmacy and CTF degree students. Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (XXXVII Cycle) 2021 – Present, Naples, Italy, Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples Federico II, PhD Project: Integrated molecular approaches targeting mutated Nucleophosmin 1 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia., Scheduled PhD end: October 31, 2024. Secondee under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Action June 2022 – March 2023, Dublin, Ireland, Keladapharmachem, Participated in the GreenX4Drug (EU funded H2020 RISE project), focusing on developing novel asymmetric chemical catalysts for manufacturing high-value APIs and advanced intermediates.. Voluntary Internship Post-Degree 2018 – 2019, Naples, Italy, Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples Federico II, Designed, synthesized, and characterized peptides, peptidomimetics, and small molecules using solid-phase and solution methodologies. Utilized mass spectrometry (ESI) for identifying synthetic compounds and applied analytical and preparative methodologies (HPLC) for their purification and characterization. Conducted structural and functional characterization of biomolecules through spectroscopic techniques (CD, Fluorescence, SPR, UV-Vis). Supervisor: Prof. Daniela Marasco

🎓Education and Training

Biologist Board Examination February 7, 2022, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy Master’s Degree in Biological Science (Molecular Diagnostics Field) July 12, 2021, Naples, Italy Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples Federico II Experimental Thesis: “Protein fragments of Nucleophosmin 1 as models of amyloids”, Supervisor: Prof. Antonello Merlino, Co-Supervisor: Prof. Daniela Marasco,k Grade: 110/110. Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science (Molecular Diagnostics Field) March 15, 2018, Naples, Italy Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples Federico II Experimental Thesis: “Amyloid-like aggregation of Nucleophosmin 1 regions related to Acute Myeloid Leukemia: spectroscopic studies” Supervisor: Prof. Daniela Marasco Grade: 106/110


English TELSA C1, Grade B Language Certification ESAT, Malta Further & Higher Education Authority

Skills and Competencies

Organizational Skills

  • Efficient under pressure.
  • Adaptive to changes and new situations.
  • Strong independent work organization and goal achievement.

Job-related Skills

  • Solid-phase peptide synthesis and combinatorial peptide libraries using Fmoc/Boc chemistry.
  • Experience with various peptide synthesizers (BIOTAGE, Liberty Blue 2.0).
  • Proficient in analysis and purification using ESI mass spectrometry, HPLC, and flash purification systems.
  • Skilled in spectroscopic techniques (CD, Fluorescence, DLS, SPR, UV-Vis, FTIR, NMR).

Digital Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experienced with operating systems: MS-Windows, MacOS, LINUX.
  • Proficient in scientific data analysis software (GraphPad Prism).
  • Knowledgeable in databases (PubMed) and bibliographic management software (EndNote, Mendeley).
  • Proficient with video conferencing software (Teams, Skype, Zoom, Google Meet).
  • Excellent knowledge of major browsers (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera).


National Project Participation

  • BANDO-PRIN-2022. Research Project: Design, synthesis, and investigation of novel G-quadruplex aptamers against STAT3 and the interleukin-6 receptor (G4-APTASTAT).
  • Project Coordinator and Head of Research Unit: Prof. GALEONE Aldo

Bibliometric Parameters

  • H-index from Scopus: 11
  • Number of Publications: 24
  • Citations: 388


Publications Top Notes 📝

  • The effects of histidine substitution of aromatic residues on the amyloidogenic properties of the fragment 264–277 of nucleophosmin 1
    • Authors: D. Florio, P. Luciano, C. Di Natale, D. Marasco
    • Journal: Bioorganic Chemistry
    • Volume: 147
    • Year: 2024
    • Pages: 107404


  • Could Targeting NPM1c+ Misfolding Be a Promising Strategy for Combating Acute Myeloid Leukemia?
    • Authors: D. Florio, D. Marasco
    • Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
    • Volume: 25
    • Issue: 2
    • Year: 2024
    • Pages: 811


  • Modulation of hydrogel networks by metal ions
    • Authors: S. La Manna, D. Florio, C. Di Natale, D. Marasco
    • Journal: Journal of Peptide Science
    • Volume: 29
    • Issue: 8
    • Year: 2023
    • Article ID: e3474


  • Ruthenium complexes bearing glucosyl ligands are able to inhibit the amyloid aggregation of short histidine-peptides
    • Authors: D. Florio, S. La Manna, A. Annunziata, M. Monti, D. Marasco
    • Journal: Dalton Transactions
    • Volume: 52
    • Issue: 25
    • Year: 2023
    • Pages: 8549–8557


  • Insights into Network of Hot Spots of Aggregation in Nucleophosmin 1
    • Authors: D. Florio, S. La Manna, C. Di Natale, A.M. Malfitano, D. Marasco
    • Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
    • Volume: 23
    • Issue: 23
    • Year: 2022
    • Pages: 14704


  • Hydrogelation tunability of bioinspired short peptides
    • Authors: S. La Manna, D. Florio, V. Panzetta, C. Di Natale, D. Marasco
    • Journal: Soft Matter
    • Volume: 8
    • Year: 2022
    • Pages: 8


Antonios Kousaxidis | Medicinal Chemistry | Best Researcher Award

 Mr. Antonios Kousaxidis | Medicinal Chemistry |Best Researcher Award

 Mr at School of Pharmacy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

A seasoned educator and researcher with extensive experience in physics, holding positions from Assistant to Associate Professor at IAU, Urmia, and Urmia University of Technology. Specialized in teaching a range of undergraduate to Ph.D. courses including Quantum Mechanics, Laser Physics, and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems. Proficient in Maple and Matlab programming with a strong background in finite element method analysis. Led impactful research projects in chaotic systems, cancer treatment, and national security, earning multiple awards including the Kharazmi Scientific Festival Second Prize. A recognized leader in academia with a commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and education.


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🎓 Education:

Master’s Degree in Medicinal Chemistry: (9.85/10) from Departments of Chemistry, Medicine, Biological Applications and Technology, University of Ioannina, 45110, Ioannina, Greece. Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry: (7.76/10) from Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, University of Ioannina, 45110, Ioannina, Greece.

Personal Skills:

Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry: Training in synthetic organic chemistry and biochemistry applied to drug design, with experience in several areas of synthetic methodology using retrosynthetic approaches. Metal-Based Coupling Reactions: Excellent knowledge and practice of metal-based coupling reactions in modern organic chemistry. Synthetic Routes Optimization: Training in synthetic routes optimization using one-pot reactions during master’s thesis. Analytical Methods: Proficient in NMR, IR, UV, and mass spectrometry for identifying organic compounds. Small Molecule Synthesis: Synthesis of small molecule organic compounds and isolation by recrystallization. Purification and Separation: Excellent knowledge and practice in chromatographic methods like column, preparative, and thin-layer chromatography for purifying and separating organic compounds. Biochemical Protocols: Good practice in using biochemical protocols for enzyme kinetics experiments. Drug Discovery Programs: Extensive experience in drug discovery programs, structure-based drug design, molecular docking, and SAR estimation models using in silico methods (Discovery Studio, Chimera, LigandScout, PyMOL, OpenBabel, ADMET). Scientific Manuscripts: Proficient in writing and preparing scientific manuscripts.

💻 Software Skills:

Office Suite (ECDL degree) – Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. Calculative and predictive programs like MestReNova, Topspin DataAnalysis, ChemDraw Ultra, MedChem Designer, and BioLoom.

Research Focus:

A. Kousaxidis primarily focuses on the design and synthesis of novel compounds with therapeutic potential, particularly targeting enzymes such as aldose reductase (ALR2) and protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B). The research also encompasses antimicrobial agents, lipoxygenase inhibitors, and therapeutic strategies for conditions like diabetes mellitus and sepsis.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • A Molecular Hybridization Approach for the Design of Selective Aldose Reductase (ALR2) Inhibitors and Exploration of Their Activities Against Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B (PTP1B)
    • Authors: Kousaxidis, A., Petrou, A., Rouvim, P., Nicolaou, I., Geronikaki, A.
    • Journal: Journal of Molecular Structure
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 1271
    • Article Number: 134116
    • Citations: 3
    • Summary: This study presents a hybridization approach to develop selective ALR2 inhibitors and investigates their potential activities against PTP1B, highlighting their dual therapeutic potential.


  • Design, Synthesis, and Pharmacological Evaluation of Indazole Carboxamides of N-Substituted Pyrrole Derivatives as Soybean Lipoxygenase Inhibitors
    • Authors: Lavrentaki, V., Kousaxidis, A., Theodosis-Nobelos, P., Koutsopoulos, K., Nicolaou, I.
    • Journal: Molecular Diversity
    • Year: 2023
    • Citations: 2
    • Summary: This paper discusses the synthesis and evaluation of novel indazole carboxamides, demonstrating significant inhibitory activity against soybean lipoxygenase.


  • N-Derivatives of (Z)-Methyl 3-(4-Oxo-2-thioxothiazolidin-5-ylidene)methyl)-1H-indole-2-carboxylates as Antimicrobial Agents—In Silico and In Vitro Evaluation
    • Authors: Petrou, A., Geronikaki, A., Kartsev, V., Nicolaou, I., Vizirianakis, I.S.
    • Journal: Pharmaceuticals
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 16
    • Issue: 1
    • Article Number: 131
    • Citations: 4
    • Summary: This open-access article evaluates the antimicrobial activity of new N-derivatives, supported by both in silico and in vitro methods.


  • Non-acidic Bifunctional Benzothiazole-Based Thiazolidinones with Antimicrobial and Aldose Reductase Inhibitory Activity as a Promising Therapeutic Strategy for Sepsis
    • Authors: Kousaxidis, A., Kovacikova, L., Nicolaou, I., Stefek, M., Geronikaki, A.
    • Journal: Medicinal Chemistry Research
    • Year: 2021
    • Volume: 30
    • Issue: 10
    • Pages: 1837-1848
    • Citations: 13
    • Summary: This research explores benzothiazole-based thiazolidinones with dual activity, suggesting a promising approach for treating sepsis.


  • Aldose Reductase and Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B Inhibitors as a Promising Therapeutic Approach for Diabetes Mellitus
    • Authors: Kousaxidis, A., Petrou, A., Lavrentaki, V., Nicolaou, I., Geronikaki, A.
    • Journal: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
    • Year: 2020
    • Volume: 207
    • Article Number: 112742
    • Citations: 39
    • Summary: This review highlights the potential of targeting ALR2 and PTP1B as a therapeutic strategy for diabetes, emphasizing recent advances and future perspectives.


Faiyaz Shakeel |Pharmaceutical sciences | Best Researcher Award

 Prof Dr. Faiyaz Shakeel | Pharmaceutical sciences |Best Researcher Award

Prof Dr. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

👩‍🔬Highly accomplished in pharmaceutics, holds a Ph.D. and M. Pharm. from Jamia Hamdard University, India. With extensive experience as a Professor and Associate Professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and previous roles in academia and research, he excels in formulation research and development. His expertise spans nanoemulsions and transdermal dosage forms, contributing significantly to the field. Driven by a passion for innovation, he led groundbreaking projects, optimizing drug delivery systems for enhanced therapeutic outcomes. Eager to leverage his skills and knowledge, he seeks to join a renowned research organization, fostering growth and advancement in pharmaceutical sciences.🌟






🎓  Objectives

Seeking association with a renowned research organization in formulation research and development to upgrade knowledge, research, and management skills in line with the latest trends. Eager to be part of a dynamic team contributing to organizational growth.

📚  Qualification Overview

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutics, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, 2004-2007. Master of Pharmacy (M. Pharm.) in Pharmaceutics, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, 2002-2004. Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm.), Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, 1998-2002.

👨‍🏫 Professional Experience

Professor, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Feb 2022 – Present) Associate Professor, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Mar 2016 – Feb 2022) Assistant Professor, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Nov 2011 – Mar 2016) Lecturer, Garyounis University, Benghazi, Libya (Nov 2007 – Nov 2011) Senior Lecturer, Bhawani Shankar Anangpuria Institute of Pharmacy, Faridabad, India (Aug 2006 – Oct 2007) Guest Lecturer, Shri Gopichand College of Pharmacy, Baghpat, India (Jul 2004 – Jun 2006)

🏅  Professional Qualification

Ph.D. Title: Formulation and development of transdermal dosage form (Nanoemulsions) for antirheumatoid drug, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, 2004-2007. M. Pharm. Title: Development and evaluation of bioadhesive transdermal gels of diclofenac diethylamine, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, 2002-2004. B. Pharm., Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, 1998-2002.

🔬 Practical Experience

Master’s Research Project: Developed bioadhesive transdermal gels for diclofenac diethylamine. Ph.D. Thesis: Developed nanoemulsion and nanoemulsion gel formulations of celecoxib and aceclofenac for arthritis.

🔍Conclusion of Research Projects

Master’s Project: Optimized gel showed controlled drug release and significant anti-inflammatory effects. Ph.D. Thesis: Developed nanoemulsion formulations with controlled release, higher absorption, and significant pharmacodynamic effects.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Development and bioavailability assessment of ramipril nanoemulsion formulation
    • Authors: S Shafiq, F Shakeel, S Talegaonkar, FJ Ahmad, RK Khar, M Ali
    • Journal: European journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics
    • Year: 2007
    • Volume: 66
    • Issue: 2
    • Pages: 227-243
    • Citations: 1006


  • Nanoemulsions as vehicles for transdermal delivery of aceclofenac
    • Authors: F Shakeel, S Baboota, A Ahuja, J Ali, M Aqil, S Shafiq
    • Journal: Aaps Pharmscitech
    • Year: 2007
    • Volume: 8
    • Pages: 191-199
    • Citations: 427


  • Formulation development and optimization using nanoemulsion technique: a technical note
    • Authors: S Shafiq-un-Nabi, F Shakeel, S Talegaonkar, J Ali, S Baboota, A Ahuja, …
    • Journal: AAPS pharmscitech
    • Year: 2007
    • Volume: 8
    • Pages: E12-E17
    • Citations: 420


  • Design, development and evaluation of novel nanoemulsion formulations for transdermal potential of celecoxib
    • Authors: S Baboota, F Shakeel, A Ahuja, J Ali, S Shafiq
    • Journal: Acta pharmaceutica
    • Year: 2007
    • Volume: 57
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 315-332
    • Citations: 397


  • A review on the strategies for oral delivery of proteins and peptides and their clinical perspectives
    • Authors: A Muheem, F Shakeel, MA Jahangir, M Anwar, N Mallick, GK Jain, …
    • Journal: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal
    • Year: 2016
    • Volume: 24
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 413-428
    • Citations: 384