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Dr Patricia Ragazzon
Dr Patricia Ragazzon
Key Memberships
Full Member of Research Centre: Biomedical Research Centre
From September 2015 to present.
From February 2013 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

I studied Chemistry at Universidad del Slavador and after completion in 1997 I worked in several companies and research institutes. To expand my knwoledge, I moved to UK where I worked towards my PhD, at the Open University, in a project developing new DNA intercalators as anticancer agents. In 2005 I relocated to USA, this time to specialise in biophysical studies of drug-DNA interactions. During this time at the Brown Cancer Centre I fell in love with G-quadruplex nucleic acids.

Coming back to UK, I moved into another area of Medicinal Chemistry, this time ADMETox, in here I gained expertise in pharmacology, toxicology, bioanalysis and transporters. I also volunteered my time at MMU for teaching and researching. In 2013, I started working as a Lecturer with the University of Salford, with teaching interests in the area of biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry and toxicology.

My research interests, that I apply into my teaching, are:

  • natural products with antimicrobial and / or anticancer properties
  • small molecules as DNA intercalators
  • analytical and toxicological assessment of e-cigarettes
  • aptamers as biosensors and therapeutics
  • pharmacology, toxicology, LCMSMS
  • green chemistry, especially microwave reactions and enzymatic reactions
  • biophysical studies of Nucleic Acids and drug-NA interactions.
  • imaging (2D and 3D) 
  • 3D models for toxicology (lung and intestinal)

I am also interested in women in science (STEM), especially young girls as well as students from disadvantage backgrounds; and how to motivate them to study STEM in higher education. I am passionate about toxicological studies of e-cigarettes, health supplements and how they can be used to draw policies and protect consumers.

Key Qualifications
2006
1997
2014
teaching qualification
2016
Key Projects
2016
Oct
PhD Studentship
Kidscan, 7,000.00.
Principal Investigator: J Hadfield (80%). Co-Investigator: P Ragazzon (20%).
2016
Apr
Kidscan Student Placement Award
Kidscan, 2,000.00.
Principal Investigator: P Ragazzon (100%).
2016
Jan
Mesothelioma Research Consumables Funding
G.I.Me, 3,000.00.
Principal Investigator: P Ragazzon (100%).
2015
Jun
Kidscan Student Placement Award
Kidscan, 2,000.00.
Principal Investigator: P Ragazzon (100%).
2014
Sep
Design and synthesis of new anticancer agents
Kidscan, 1,500.00.
Principal Investigator: P Ragazzon (100%).
Key Publications
Refereed Journal Articles
Other Journal Articles
Abstracts
Key Presence
Conference Presentations
2007
Jul
Invited Papers and Lectures
2016
May
Media Appearances
2017
Jan

 Invited speaker to discuss the dangers of e-cigarettes due to the paper presented in Science Progress 2017

2017
Jan

 Invited speaker to discuss the findings presented in Science Progress Jan 2017 about e-cigarettes