Gennara Cavallaro obtained her PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Palermo in 1994. In 1998 she was nominated assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology (University of Palermo), and she became full professor of Pharmaceutical Technologies at the University of Palermo in 2006.
Her main research activities focus on the synthesis, physicochemical and biological characterization of biocompatible materials having a polymeric, oligosaccharide
or lipid structure and systems derived from them, which are used mainly in the field of controlled and targeted release of biologically active substances (drugs, genes, proteins) (Drug Delivery Systems and Targeting - DDST) and in the field of tissue engineering. However, the main expertise of Professor Gennara Cavallaro focuses on the chemistry of natural (i.e. polysaccharides, peptides, proteins) and synthetic polymers (polyaminoacids, polyesters, polyamides, polyanhydrides), on the most advanced procedures for the functionalization of such materials and on the technological processes that allow their transformation into systems with size ranging from the nanoscale (nanoparticles, nanogel, surfactants and polymeric micelles, interpolyelectrolitic complexes with DNA), to microparticles, to hydrogels (biodegradable, stimulus sensitive, intelligent), and to three-dimensional scaffolds for cell growth (films, sponges, fibrillar scaffold).
Professor Cavallaro is co-author of about 170 article publications and 9 national and international patents.