Research Team

Prof. Ester Papa, PhD                        


Prof. Ester Papa  graduated in Biological Sciences in 2000 from the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy), where she completed her PhD in 2006, studying the development of QSAR models for the prediction of Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic behaviour of chemicals from the molecular structure, under the supervision of Prof. Paola Gramatica. In 2008 she became researcher and assistant professor at University of Insubria. Between 2014 and 2016 she was visiting researcher in the Laboratoire ITODYS, CNRS-UMR 7086 at Universitè Paris Diderot (Paris, France) where she worked on the development and validation of QSARs for nanoparticles. In 2017 she became Associate Professor at University of Insubria in the field of Environmental Chemistry and Chemometrics. Her research activity takes place at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Sciences (DiSTA) of the University of Insubria. Since 2018, after the retirement of Prof. P. Gramatica, the research group founder, she leads the QSAR Research Unit in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology. Her research activity is focused on the development, validation and application of QSARs to predict physico chemical properties and the toxicological behaviour of conventional and emerging pollutants, industrial chemicals and nanoparticles. Ester Papa (H index 32) is author or co-author of more than 60 papers in international peer review journals and 1 book chapter, which have received more than 3900 citations (Google Scholar). 

Dr. Nicola Chirico, PhD – Post Doc.

Dr.ssa Linda Bertato – PhD candidate