New Avenue Towards “Smart” Medicines

Silvia Giordani’s research project is geared towards the synthesis, characterization and application of new nanoparticles that carry several key functions in one construct, thereby making them suitable as smart and responsive therapeutic vehicles. Combining biological systems and new nanomaterials may allow us to improve methods for disease diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and control. Each nanoparticle can essentially be viewed as a targeted delivery system, with the ultimate aim of producing a system capable of direct “communication” between diagnostic, imaging and therapeutic functions located on a single biocompatible platform.

Why did you choose a career in science?

Science simply offers unparalleled opportunities for creativity and imagination. I have always enjoyed immersing myself in new thoughts and concepts and on some level there is almost a magical beauty to the way in which a set of experimental data can suddenly come together and offer a clue or a solution to a long-standing problem.

Have you come across any challenges being a woman in science?

Not particularly, although I sometimes feel that some people assume that you have been successful simply because you are female and not because you have earned it.

What do you hope to achieve in your career?

I hope to deliver knowledge and new technology that can be of real benefit to the general public. I hope to contribute to improving methods for disease diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and control, combining biological systems and new nanomaterials. I also would like to catalyze youngster’s creativity and passion for science.

How has the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship helped your career?

The Fellowship acted as a true catalyst for an expansion of my research interests and expertise, and gave me an opportunity to pursue a new and exciting career path that will promote my research to the wider scientific community. As a direct result of the award, I was invited to speak on national television and radio in Italy and Ireland, as well as at general-audience events organized by the European Commission in Africa and in the USA. It gave me great exposure to media, and it has increased my self-esteem and confidence. 

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