The PhD project of Verena Battisti focuses on computational modelling and synthesis of novel antiviral drug candidates to describe, synthesize, and to test a promising new lead inhibitor against the Chikungunya virus. She received several performance scholarships as an undergraduate, including at the University of Zurich (advanced training in microbiology with a focus on cancer research) as well as in Cambridge. She continued with her pharmaceutical studies at the University of Vienna (Austria), during which she deepened her knowledge of drug synthesis and its theoretical background. She taught students in various laboratories such as “drug synthesis” and “drug analytics” at the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Vienna (Austria) and worked at community pharmacies. Additionally, she wrote her diploma thesis “Synthesis of Calothrixin analogues” under the supervision of Prof. Mag. Dr. Spreitzer and completed her studies with distinction (2017).


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