Research Scientists

Vincenzo Mollace
Dean and Director, School of Pharmacy and Nutraceuticals, University of Magna Graecia of Catanzaro
Italy, and Professor of Pharmacology, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

Professor Vincenzo Mollace is currently the Dean and Director of the School of Pharmacy and Nutraceuticals at the University of Magna Graeciaof Catanzaro, Italy, and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata.” He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Messina, Italy, in 1983, and completed his residency in Cardiology at the University of Milan, Italy, in 1987. From 1988 to 2002, he served as Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at the Universities of Milan and Rome “Tor Vergata” and served as full Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Roma Tre from 2002 to 2014. Professor Mollace also served as Dean of Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Catanzaro, Italy, from 2002 to 2016. In addition, he currently holds the position of Director at the Research Center for Food Safety and Health – UMG, focusing on nutraceuticals as the field of research. Professor Mollace has authored more than 200 full text papers in top-ranking journals in the area of nutraceuticals.


Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Pharmacology at the School of Medicine and Surgery, UMG, Catanzaro, Italy

Elzbieta Janda graduated in Molecular Biology, at Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland) and subsequently obtained her PhD in Biochemistry at the prestigious Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria in 2002. During her postdoctoral fellowships (2002 -2008) at the Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro, Italy (UMG) collaborated with Imperial Cancer Research Foundation (London, UK) and consolidated her experience in the field of signal transduction. Since 2008 she is Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Pharmacology at the School of Medicine and Surgery, UMG, Catanzaro, Italy, currently with habilitation for Associate professorship. She is an expert in molecular pharmacology of bergamot flavonoids and autophagy.  E. Janda was the first to show a potent therapeutic effect of Bergamot Polyphenol Fraction (BPF) on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and anti-inflammatory effects of BPF on non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).  Her work demonstrated the ability of BPF to promote autophagy in livers by stimulating AMP-dependent kinase (AMPK) and inhibiting Quinone Oxidoreductase 2 (NQO2). E. Janda and co-workers were able to identify the active components of BPF that modulate autophagy and show the superiority of bergamot phyto-complex over pure flavonoids. She is the leading author of eight top-quality scientific papers on pharmacological and molecular effects of bergamot polyphenols, besides several other publications addressing the role of autophagy and phagocytosis and their pharmacological modulation in Parkinson’s disease.

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