Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Research Associate







Molecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus





Dr. Claudia Contini is currently an ISSF Springboard Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. Dr. Contini’s project focuses on the realisation of bio-inspired and life-like soft matter systems with applications to bottom-up synthetic biology and drug delivery.

Before this appointment, Dr. Contini was a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry. Her research area focused on investigating the interaction between nanomaterials and model biological systems. This project was funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

In January 2017, she was awarded her PhD in Physical Chemistry at University College of London (UCL). During her multidisciplinary PhD project, she gained experience working with polymeric nanoparticles from the polymer synthesis to nanoparticles preparation, characterisation and functionalisation as efficient drug delivery systems and nanoreactors.

Prior to her post-graduate studies, Dr. Contini was awarded a MScRES degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologies at University of Padua.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Contini C, Pearson R, Wang L, et al., 2018, Bottom-up evolution of vesicles from disks to high-genus polymersomes, Iscience, Vol:7, ISSN:2589-0042, Pages:132-144

Contini C, Schneemilch M, Gaisford S, et al., 2017, Nanoparticle–membrane interactions, Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, Vol:13, ISSN:1745-8080, Pages:62-81

Contini C, Joseph A, Cecchin D, et al., 2017, Chemotactic synthetic vesicles: Design and applications in blood-brain barrier crossing, Science Advances, Vol:3, ISSN:2375-2548

Contini C, Chemotactic synthetic vesicles: Design and applications in blood-brain barrier crossing, Science Advances

Robertson JD, Rizzello L, Avila-Olias M, et al., 2016, Purification of nanoparticles by size and shape, Scientific Reports, Vol:6, ISSN:2045-2322

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